The Benefits Of Mediation And Arbitration
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 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.
At Nunn Vhan & Lang, PLLC, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of their clients in both mediation and arbitration settings in Everett and throughout Western Washington. Working with us starts with a call. Dial 425-258-6860.
Understanding Mediation And Arbitration
Emotions can impact our choice of words and actions, and sometimes a middle ground seems impossible to find. A trained alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional can facilitate the discussions and decision-making that lead to a more satisfactory settlement for both sides.
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, and there is more time for an arbitrator to hear your side than what may happen in the courtroom. This is a common way to resolve child support modification issues.
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. Our attorneys are well-versed with mediation and sometimes also serve as a mediator for other matters. However, if an agreement cannot be made, litigation remains an option.
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.