Arbitration in family law can be an effective way to resolve disputes without going to court. It is becoming an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution for family law matters, including property settlement and spousal maintenance.
Arbitration is a process where parties to a dispute agree to appoint an impartial third party, known as an arbitrator, to make a binding decision on their behalf. Unlike mediation, where the mediator assists the parties in reaching an agreement, the arbitrator makes a decision that is final and binding on the parties.
Advantages over Traditional Litigation in Family Law Matters
Arbitration has several advantages over traditional litigation in family law matters. Firstly, it is often quicker than going to court, as the parties can schedule the arbitration at a time that suits them, rather than waiting for a court date. This can be particularly beneficial in cases where the parties need to resolve their dispute quickly and especially where children are involved.
Secondly, arbitration is often less expensive than going to court. The parties can agree on the fees and costs of the arbitrator upfront, avoiding the unpredictable costs associated with litigation.
Thirdly, arbitration is confidential. Unlike court proceedings, the arbitration process and its outcome are private and not open to the public. This can be particularly important in family law matters, where sensitive personal information is often discussed.
If you are considering arbitration as a way to resolve your family law dispute, it is important to seek legal advice. A family lawyer can help you understand your rights and obligations and guide you through the arbitration process.
Overall, arbitration can be a helpful alternative to traditional litigation for resolving family law disputes. It offers a quicker, less expensive, and more private way to reach a binding decision on the issues in dispute.
If you are interested in arbitration as an alternative to court litigation please contact us to discuss whether this option would be suitable for you.