Arbitration 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.
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.