What is divorce arbitration?
Often confused with mediation, divorce arbitration is very different. In divorce arbitration, an arbitrator will listen to both sides of the case (outside of the court system) and make a decision based on all the factors. Though it can be less expensive and much less messy, arbitration determinations cannot be appealed. In an arbitration hearing (which is usually set up in a conference room outside of court with lawyers present), the arbitrator listens to both sides and makes a final decision, just like a judge would. Despite its limitations, arbitration is ideal for couples who want to avoid the messiness and expense of a protracted divorce; everything stays private, and it allows both parties to come to an ultimate settlement knowing that it cannot be appealed. While this might be ideal for some, there is very little flexibility involved. So, think carefully before choosing this route.