What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a process whereby parties refer their family law dispute to an experienced and knowledgeable neutral family lawyer –an arbitrator. They will hear arguments, review evidence, and render a decision regarding disputes. You are bound by the arbitrator’s decision, not unlike a judge’s decision. The arbitrator is governed by the Arbitration Act.

Some family disputes, by their very nature, can only be settled by litigation. The majority, however, can be settled by arbitration, with significant benefits to the parties. With arbitration, you and the party whom you are in dispute choose your arbitrator on the basis of his or her expertise and experience in your field.

Arbitration is faster; disputes settled in family court can often take many months or years. With arbitration, these same disputes can be settled in weeks. Family Courts are public forums and information about your business and personal affairs becomes public knowledge – available to others you might not wish to have such information. Arbitration proceedings, however, are conducted in a private setting.

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Arbitration is significantly less costly than litigation. Arbitrator’s hourly rates vary based on the individual, their expertise and experience. Their rates are addressed in each of their profiles.

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