Arbitration

Are you seeking professional help resolving a family law issue? Arbitration might be a good option for you. Our arbitration attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson in Colorado Springs, CO, are here to help you understand and get you through the arbitration process. Our attorneys can represent you in an arbitration, but we also provide a la carte arbitration services to clients.

Divorce can become complicated very quickly. Couples who have opted to divorce may find it difficult, if not impossible, to communicate with each other during the process. This inability or refusal to negotiate the terms of the divorce can lead to an extensive divorce proceeding that is both emotionally difficult and financially exhausting.

The attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson understand the difficulties clients may face during this process and may recommend family arbitration if negotiations have come to a standstill. Our attorneys believe that the best answer to a difficult situation may come from a third party.

If you are looking for a Mediation and Arbitration solution to your family law dispute, we can help. We are Colorado Springs’ family law services specialists.

Please contact us to learn more about your options for family law arbitration: 719-635-8499

Keep reading to learn more about our arbitration services.

What is Arbitration for Family Law?

The use of an arbitrator (or abiter) in difficult family law cases is not uncommon. Similar to using a mediator as a third party to help sort things out in the case, an arbiter does help negotiate between both parties. However, the difference between an arbiter and a mediator is that the final conclusion or judgment of the arbitrator is a legally binding decision for both parties.

When an arbitrator is brought in, they will listen to both sides of the discussion and then they will review all of the aspects of the case. The arbitrator will ask questions and research laws concerning the issues that cannot be resolved and then they will present a final decision to each side. This final decision is what both parties must adhere to from that point forward.

Knies, Helland & McPherson will recommend arbitration when negotiations and mediation has failed in one or more of the parts of the legal process. It is our belief that couples may need the extra help of a neutral party to come to an agreement in these highly-emotional negotiations. The use of an arbitrator helps our clients reduce the time spent on the divorce, keeps the divorce out of the court system until finalization, and helps manage the overall costs of their case.

What Are the Benefits of Arbitration?

There are several benefits to using family law arbitration as part of the family law proceedings. Some of the many benefits include:

  • Arbitration is a legally binding process. When each party realizes that the decisions made as part of the arbitration will be permanent, they are often more open to negotiating the terms of the divorce.
  • An arbitrator has more time to devote to reviewing the case. Unlike taking the problem before a judge, the arbitrator can take the time to understand and review all the points being made by each side. This extra benefit allows both parties to feel more comfortable with the decision.
  • The arbiter can customize the process, depending upon the preferences of the parties.  The process can be very formal, almost like a court proceeding, or it can be much less formal, with significantly relaxed rules of evidence. This may be a very good choice for parties who are not represented by an attorney.
  • If either party is having a very difficult time communicating with the former spouse, the arbitrator has the ability to work as a neutral party that listens to both sides without taking sides. Many people find it easier to contain their emotions if they feel someone is really listening to their side of the issue.
  • Using an arbitrator can reduce the time necessary to finalize the case.
  • Arbitrators can address any issue that cannot be resolved from financial issues to parenting plans.

How Long Does Arbitration Take?

The length of time it takes for arbitration will depend on the case and the issues being addressed. However, arbitration is often the quickest way to come to a conclusion in hard-to-settle divorce cases. Even when the arbitrator has to take some extra time to review laws or documents, the entire process will almost always be much faster than awaiting a court date and decision from a judge.

To help speed up the process, the attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson encourage their clients to:

  • Show up to every scheduled meeting on time and avoid rescheduling
  • Be prepared to provide any requested documents
  • Bring additional documents only if they pertain to the subject matter being discussed at the meeting
  • Keep the discussions on point to avoid having to schedule additional meetings for the same issue
  • Ask for a five-minute break during the meeting if you are feeling emotional over the issues
  • Approach the issues with an open mind so that progress will be made

Do I Need an Attorney?

It will usually be in your best interest to have quality legal representation during a divorce or any family law matter. Family law can be very complicated and if a wrong decision is made during the negotiations, a person can walk away with less than they should have received.

At Knies, Helland & McPherson we believe that having legal representation during a family law matter is more than just having someone prepare and file legal paperwork. It is about partnering with a law firm that takes your best interest to heart and helps you solve the tough issues concerning your case.

We also believe that each of our clients benefit from our teamwork. While each attorney manages their own case at Knies, Helland & McPherson, they also rely on the team for information and support to make sure that every case that is handled in the law firm receives the best legal representation.

We also understand that some people may wish to file their own court papers. We encourage those who are using the DIY family law method to take advantage of one of our a la carte legal services for any questions or concerns you may have about your case. We offer a complete line of family law related services for a flat or hourly rate.

Additionally, Mediation and Arbitration can be a very good fit for parties who choose not to hire attorneys.

Getting Started with Arbitration

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