A divorce does not have to be a war waged in the courtroom. A judge does not have to be responsible for making life-altering decisions related to you, your ex-spouse and your children. Alternatives exist that provide for a more cooperative approach that focuses on the best interests of the children. Mediation and arbitration are effective mechanisms in finding resolution and taking control of your future.
Everett and Lynnwood Arbitration Attorneys Helping You Find Solutions
At Nunn Vhan & Lang, PLLC., our Washington lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of their clients in both mediation and arbitration settings.
In arbitration, each side presents its arguments to an arbitrator who is usually an experienced attorney. The arbitrator makes a ruling and the parties are bound by the decision of the arbitrator, similar to going to court. The hearings are more personal, take longer, and there is more time for an arbitrator to hear your side than may happen in the courtroom.
Mediation is facilitated by a trained mediator. Both spouses and their respective legal counsel discuss possible resolutions to a divorce and other issues related to it. Many counties in Washington have a requirement to mediate prior to trial. At Nunn Vhan & Lang, PLLC., our attorneys are well versed with mediation and sometimes also serve as a mediator for other matters. If a case is mediated, the goal is closure for the client while resolving the matter to the client’s approval. However, if an agreement cannot be made, litigation remains an option.
These forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) are particularly effective when a divorcing/separating couple had difficulty in communicating without starting an argument. Emotions can impact our choice of words and actions, and sometimes a middle ground seems impossible to find. A trained ADR professional can facilitate the discussions and decision making and keep both sides on track that leads to a more satisfactory settlement for both sides.
For child support issues only, the court sometimes resolves modification issues by requiring the parties to participate in arbitration. This mainly occurs in child support modifications, including post-secondary support requests. Our attorneys have arbitration experience and some act as arbitrators for other cases. Arbitration also may be useful when mediation is not fully successful. The parties may choose to have the remaining issues decided by arbitrator as a better use of resources than going to court.
Finding solutions through mediation or arbitration not only saves you time and money, but also promotes healthier relationships in the future. Children are spared their parents being engaged in a courtroom battle. Divorcing and separating parents can take control of the decision-making process and move on to the next chapter of their lives.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Everett mediation attorneys, please e-mail or call us at 425-341-4639 or toll free at 800-391-5909.