When most people think of settling a family law dispute, their minds often go to pitched court room battles with heated debates and intense emotions. This can occur when there is a family law dispute, but it doesn’t have to. Family arbitration offers an alternative to the emotionally and financially draining process of a courtroom showdown.
Family arbitration is an alternative process that allows members of a family to resolve legally binding disputes without going to court. By choosing arbitration, all parties can resolve their issues before an impartial arbiter for less expense and less time investment than bringing a case before the court.
Family arbitration is distinct from other forms of arbitration in the subject matter of the arbitration. While traditional civil arbitration seeks to resolve some injury, family arbitration seeks to adjudicate matters of familial importance. Common subjects of family arbitration include child custody, alimony payments, and division of assets.