Family Law + Divorce

What is Mediation/Arbitration?

Family Law + Divorce

Resolving your divorce through an alternate method called mediation can save time and money for both parties. During mediation you will still have an attorney, but you and your spouse will agree on how to handle each aspect of your divorce with a mediator rather than a judge. At any point, you can decide to terminate mediation and choose to litigate, but both of you will need to hire new attorneys.

The final decisions agreed upon in mediation are binding. A court order, or settlement agreement will be issues and both sides will need to abide by the order. Arbitration is like an informal hearing. Unlike mediation, where the parties decide the outcome, in arbitration, that parties present evidence and an arbitrator decides the outcome. The advantage of arbitration is that it can be scheduled at the parties’ request and the parties get to choose the judge or judges.

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