Arbitration, another form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is like mediation, but involves more than just a neutral third party that helps make decisions about property division, spousal support, child support, child custody or parenting time.
At Johnsen Wikander, P.C., we want to help you understand that traditional litigation isn’t your only option when you are seeking the best legal solution for your family law matter.
Litigation Is Not the Only Option
With more than 30 combined years of legal experience, our Michigan lawyers have helped residents of Grand Rapids and the surrounding counties resolve their problems with ADR like arbitration.
During arbitration, the involved parties present their cases to an unbiased arbitrator or panel of arbitrators who ultimately make a decision in the case. This process is like an informal mini-trial where the decisions made are legally binding. Parties who agree to arbitration waive their rights to a formal trial in front of a judge.
While mediation and collaborative law are seen more in family law cases, arbitration can help individuals with their marital or child issues, as well as a variety of other types of cases involving sales and employment-contract issues. When we act as arbitrators, our goal is an efficient, timely resolution of all issues.