Arbitration and Trial
Arbitration is a process used to finalize a divorce. The parties must consent to arbitration. In lieu of a trial in front of a Judge the parties may select an independent third person to act as a judge. In this case, they are called an arbitrator. Although the cost of the arbitrator must be paid by the parties, quite often there is a savings in time and money along with a quicker resolution of the case. Generally speaking, arbitration is final in that the appeal of an arbitration ruling is very limited.
Generally, well under 1% of all divorce cases go to trial. The other 99% or more are resolved by the parties. Quite often the parties use mediation, which is a process where the attorneys select a neutral third attorney to sit down with them and help settle the case, or arbitration to resolve the matter, short of Judge making a decision. Generally speaking, to have a trial in front of a Judge, means the case has been pending for upwards of a year and the parties are unable to resolve the major issues. A lot of time, work and expense is involved for the parties and attorneys in preparing and conducting a trial.
Experienced family law attorneys in Sterling Heights
For more information on child custody and other divorce matters, contact Boyer, St. Pierre & Aull, PLLC, 43805 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314-2446. Phone: 888-559-4705, Fax: 586-731-6370, by e-mail: [email protected] or contact us online.