In family law matters, arbitration can be an extremely cost-effective and useful tool to resolve disputes between parties. The arbitration process is similar to a trial, as the two disputing parties present evidence and testimony is given, not only by the parties but by their experts. The parties’ lawyers are also present during this process. The arbitrator is a neutral third-party who will consider all evidence and testimony presented by the parties regarding their dispute. He or she will render a binding decision at the conclusion of this presentation based on the facts of the case and the laws of the State in which the parties’ action is based.
The parties and their attorneys will have the opportunity to meet with the arbitrator before the process begins to review the details, discuss proposed exhibits, witnesses, etc., as well as the anticipated length of time the arbitration might require. Arbitration is generally quicker and less expensive than an actual trial before a judge, although extremely complex matters may be, by their very nature, time-consuming and, therefore, costly. This is a contingency which would be discussed at the time of your initial consult with the arbitrator. The matrimonial law attorneys at MacElree Harvey are able to provide clear, concise advice and experienced legal representation throughout the entire arbitration process.
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