Find Lawyers in Potomac, Maryland for Family Law Arbitration
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Family law arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Parties can mutually agree to utilize a private arbiter to make binding, enforceable decisions related to outstanding disputes. In general, arbitration is governed by the Uniform Arbitration Act, C.R.S. 13-22-201 through C.R.S. 13-22-230. Colorado has a separate statute for arbitration related to child custody issues, found at C.R.S. 14-10-128.5. Arbitration cannot be forced upon the parties; it requires the parties' consent.
Unlike mediation, the process of arbitration puts the ultimate resolution of a dispute in the control of a neutral third party. The structure of arbitration may vary depending on the arbiter. Generally, arbitration is more relaxed and flexible than a hearing or trial before the court. Typically, the arbiter conducts a proceeding with the presentation of evidence, witnesses, and arguments. The arbiter is then charged with issuing a written ruling. In some instances, if the parties and arbiter agree it is appropriate, an issue can be resolved without an actual hearing, and simply through submission of written argument and evidence to the arbiter.
Private arbiters can provide parties to family law disputes prompt resolution, which is a major benefit with the crowded family law dockets in Colorado courts. Overall, arbiters are more readily available than judicial officers for telephone conferences during the course of a case. Other benefits to private arbitration include: more personalized case management, deadlines tailored to the specific needs of the case/issue, a more confidential environment than a public courthouse, and a modified implementation of rules to allow for the efficient presentation of information. While arbiters are privately paid, many parties find the procedure of arbitration to be cost-effective, as opposed to the lengthy and formal process of judicial proceedings.
After an arbiter issues an arbitration award, either party can ask the arbiter to modify or clarify the award, or object to the award. C.R.S. 13-22-220. A party may also ask the court to vacate an arbitration award if that party believes the award is improper. C.R.S. 13-22-223-224. Similarly, either party may ask the Court to affirm an arbitration award. C.R.S. 13-22-222. Arbitration has specific procedural deadlines for post-arbitration awards, so it is important to refer to the appropriate statute.
Amanda Gilbert represents individuals in all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, adoption and assisted reproductive technology. Drawing on her own personal experiences, she strives to help clients regain control of often-overwhelming situations, and crafts creative solutions to help them achieve their goals. Her clients often express their appreciation for Amanda’s calm demeanor and patience as she guides their matters to resolution. One client recently expressed gratitud...
Geoffrey Platnick (“Geoff”) has a singular focus—achieving his clients’ goals. With a practice dedicated exclusively to family law within the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, Geoff takes the time to meet people where they are, help them understand the legal road ahead, and formulate a strategy that will lead to the resolution they seek. This strategy always involves negotiation, but often includes litigation. Specifically, individuals rely upon Geoff to ...
People turn to Scott Strickler when they are facing a challenging situation involving their marriage, custody of their children, or other legal concerns involving their family, particularly when the issues are complex and the stakes are high. Clients benefit from Mr. Strickler’s creative tactics. Opponents are rarely able to predict how he will approach a particular issue in a case. Mr. Strickler utilizes a highly tactical approach, and has more than three decades of experience in the f...
Alisa Yasin is a strong champion for her clients. From the first meeting through case resolution, Alisa uses her extensive legal knowledge, creative strategies and vast experience to deliver successful results. As one client observed, “Alisa is professional, thoughtful, strategic, pragmatic, responsive and very experienced in the law and the DC courts. She is also very cognizant of the human impact of the work she does, which I deeply appreciated.” A shareholder with the Family La...
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