About Family Arbitration
Cohen Highley offers Family Arbitration because we are invested in limiting the time, expense, and frustration that often accompanies a divorce, separation, or other family law conflict. Arbitration is a private form of binding adjudication that resembles the court process. It is a good option for separating couples who prefer to choose their adjudicator, and value the confidentiality of a private arbitration rather than the traditional court litigation process.
This legal proceeding takes place outside of a courtroom. The Arbitrator acts like a judge, remaining impartial, and allows each party the opportunity to present their position.
What An Arbitrator Can Decide
- Property Division
- Child and Spousal Support
- Parenting time
- Decision-making authority for children
Why Choose Arbitration?
- Scheduling Flexibility – appointments are scheduled for mutually agreeable times
- Cost Effectiveness – the cost of taking a legal dispute to court is exponentially more, than the cost of Arbitration
- It is timesaving – while the timeframe depends on the specifics of the case, Arbitration is generally much shorter than accessing the courts- currently it is taking a full year just to be scheduled for a court date
- Shared Control – both parties decide on the Arbitrator, and the date and location of the hearing
- Confidentiality – testimony, documents, and evidence are not made public; while decisions made in court are generally public record
Affiliations And Memberships
- Law Society of Ontario [LSO]
- Middlesex Law Association [MLA]
- Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario [FDRIO]
- Ontario Association of Family Mediation [OAFM]
- Alternate Dispute Resolution of Ontario [ADRIO]