Divorce is commonly associated with bitter legal wrangles in which the personal lives of each party are dragged through the courts. This can be extremely distressing for those concerned, not to mention extremely damaging.
However, there are ways to keep your divorce behind closed doors, with one of the most effective methods being arbitration. As a form of alternative of dispute resolution, it is becoming increasingly popular amongst divorce cases. It has a number of advantages, with cost and confidentiality being its two major draws.
Both parties must agree to the use of arbitration before the process begins. As long as both parties agree, there will be a hearing during which both parties and their legal representatives meet with an impartial arbitrator. It is an informal setting and there is no cross-examination. Rather, each party take it in turns to explain to the arbitrator the nature of the grievance, detailing what is preventing the couple from reaching a resolution. This might be money issues or arrangements regarding future childcare.
When all the evidence has been heard, the arbitrator will consider everything before making a decision, known as an award. This is final and legally-binding. Both people must abide by whatever verdict the arbitrator has made.
It therefore provides a quick and definitive close to a divorce dispute. Not only does this prevent costs from spiralling out of control, it keeps emotional distress to a minimum. Furthermore, it is a private process, the details of which cannot be disclosed. This differs to the public arena of the courts where nothing is sacrosanct. This will be very beneficial, particularly if either party is high up in business or has a public profile.
If you would like to know more about the ways in which arbitration can help you during your divorce, simply get in touch with us to discuss the matter further. This will give you the chance to ask any questions you might have, allowing you to understand whether arbitration might be a suitable option for you.
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