Arbitration

Attorney Beverly Snelgrove speaking with a clientArbitration is a process of adjudicating a case    without actually having a trial in Family Court.  Arbitration is usually a less formal process than  trial, and is often binding on the parties. An  arbitrator needs to be Certified Family Court  Mediator and Arbitrator. Unlike the mediator, the  arbitrator acts like a judge, making final decisions in  the case. There are advantages and disadvantages  to arbitration. Advantages include:

  • Arbitration can be scheduled whenever it is convenient. The parties do not have to wait to get court time.
  • Arbitration is often less formal than trial, and often takes far less time.
  • Arbitrated decisions are usually not appeal-able.
  • You can choose your arbitrator.

Disadvantages include:

  • The parties have to pay for the arbitrator when they would not have to pay a judge.
  • The arbitrator’s decision is usually final, meaning that the parties lose their right to appeal the arbitrator’s decision.

Ratings and Reviews