Domestic arbitration offers an alternative to litigation, which can be a grueling experience. Between the time your case is filed and the issuance of the final order, several months, if not years, could pass. During that time, your family disputes may leave you in emotional chaos, limbo, and uncertainty. Having no control over the legal process, you are at the court’s mercy regarding how quickly your case will get resolved.
What is Domestic Arbitration?
This is a form of alternative dispute resolution settled privately out of court with a mediator present (arbitrator). Only when an arbitration is binding is it enforced by a court. Anyone can be involved in domestic arbitrations: family, business, school, etc. Arbitrators are neutral third-party legal professionals who hear testimony and consider evidence at a hearing before rendering an award to clients.
The American Arbitration Association claims that domestic arbitration agreement is faster and more cost effective than litigation.
There are many advantages to arbitrations, the most important being the amount of control the parties have over the process. The parties decide such issues as who conducts the hearing; what issues will be heard; how long after the filing of the complaint will arbitration be scheduled; where arbitration will occur, and other terms of the process. Arbitration proceedings will last as short or as long as the parties’ desire, at an agreed upon hourly, daily, or flat rate.
Of course, a successful domestic relations arbitration requires a strong and knowledgeable arbiter (arbitrator). As your fact-finder, Daniele Johnson will scrutinize the evidence for reliability, credibility, and veracity. She will then use the experience she has gathered since 1999 to issue a just award. This will bring a calculated family law dispute to a close as expeditiously and economically as possible.
Most importantly, as with any legal matter, evidence is of the utmost importance. While any good arbiter fights for the client, it is crucial to present your case in the best and most factual way possible. This will benefit you the most, as in your precious time and efforts will not be wasted.
Domestic Arbitration Rules
Although less formal than a trial before a judge or jury, arbitration will result in a final binding decision. Evidence and testimony may be introduced to the arbiter by the parties or through their respective attorneys. Witnesses may also be called to testify. Even expert testimony and testimony from guardian ad litem may be considered. At the conclusion of the hearing, the arbiter will issue an award on all the issues, including, but not limited to, property division, debt division, alimony, custody, parenting time, child support, and attorney’s fees.
Arbitration proceedings widely differ depending on the arbitrator’s or counsel’s legal traditions. While arbitration is commonly accepted and practiced all over the world, there are different ways of going about the process in any given state.
You can be sure you are in good hands with Danielle Johnson, the most experienced domestic arbitrator in the state of Georgia. Get started today on your domestic arbitration process with someone who cares not only about the outcome, but you as a person.
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