Is Family Law Arbitration Right for You? Talk to a Montgomery County Lawyer
Settling Family Law Matters Outside of Court
There are no small decisions when it comes to divorce and child custody. Disagreements can quickly turn into arguments, which can lead to long-drawn out confrontations in court. Going to court is sometimes necessary, but it's often preferable to settle family law matters outside of court in arbitration. Family law arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that can save families time, money, and stress.
The experienced Montgomery County, PA family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. can help you assess all your legal options. We have extensive experience handling high-asset, complex divorce cases. If you are in contemplating divorce and are exploring your options, please call us at (610) 645-0100 to find out how we can help you.
Understanding the Divorce Process in Pennsylvania
First, it is advisable for divorcing spouses to discuss their options in mediation. This is where both parties openly discuss their views about property division and custody in an attempt to come to an agreement. This process is not always successful. A mediator can only offer suggestions to the couple and cannot force either side to accept a specific decision. Families may have to rely on a solution other than mediation.
Before going to court, it is advisable to consider family law arbitration. Unlike mediation, arbitration will result in a binding decision. Both parties will agree on a neutral third party who will then act as an arbitrator in a manner similar to a judge.
The arbitrator will consider everyone's best interests, review the exchange of information, listen to testimony from every party involved, and make a decision on the pending issues not resolved through mediation. In arbitration, you have the reliability of an experienced family law practitioner making the decisions rather than a judge who handles a variety of different cases and may not be familiar with the unique aspects of such cases.
The Advantages of Arbitration
Arbitration is often more favorable than going to court for the reasons listed below:
- Arbitration is private and the process is not open to the public.
- You can set a schedule that is convenient and flexible.
- The couple can remain in control of which issues are brought before the arbitrator.
- Instead of being forced to adhere to the decisions of a judge neither party selected, an arbitrator can be hand picked by both parties. This is advisable if there is a particular matter that needs to be resolved and an arbitrator specializes in that specific issue.
- Arbitration is often much more efficient and affordable than going to court.
- You can avoid having to wait for the court backlog to clear up before receiving a hearing.
- Arbitration awards will become part of an enforceable divorce decree.
Contact the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C.
There are many different family law matters that can be handled through arbitration. For example, you can ask an arbitrator to help you determine child custody, child support, property division, spousal support, and even matters about family law contracts. Our knowledgeable Montgomery County family law lawyers can help protect your rights every step of the way.
Call the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. at (610) 645-0100 to schedule a free consultation.