What Is Arbitration?

When handling a family law case, there are various methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that can be utilized. One of these is called arbitration. As an out-of-court option, arbitration can be a way to have issues settled by a neutral arbitrator or panel of arbitrators, rather than taking the case in front of a judge or jury.

At Haugen Law Group, PLLC, we are fluent in the language of the many different types of ADR that are chosen in family law cases. Based in Chaska, our skilled attorneys have taken many divorce and other family law cases to trial, and they have handled them through other means in many local jurisdictions. We base our approach on the outcome you hope to achieve and our thorough analysis of the case. Arbitration is just one of the methods that may be advantageous to you.

Arbitration Versus Litigation

Arbitration still allows you to state your case and claims. You and your spouse are each represented by your own attorney, who is there to look out for your best interests. Much like in a trial, both sides present their case to the third-party neutral arbitrator. The arbitrator makes a decision, and that decision is legally binding just as a trial verdict would be.

Two of the benefits of arbitration are issues that are frequently seen in trials: time and money. Arbitration is typically a more cost-effective and efficient process. You are not on the court's schedule; rather, you are able to schedule your arbitration with the arbitrator and the opposing party. Since the process moves forward more quickly, the cost is lessened for all involved.

Learn More About Your Options Today

Our Minnesota lawyers will take the time to advise you of your options and how arbitration may be a good fit for the goals you hope to achieve. Send us an email, or call us locally at 952-479-8132 or toll-free at 800-684-1293. We offer a free 30-minute, no-obligation consultation to new clients.