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Arbitration Proceedings in Colorado Divorce

Even a seemingly simple divorce can quickly become contentious. In such cases, a couple may want to resolve differences, but can barely come to a mutual agreement. However, they both may want to avoid the courtroom, because of the possibility of a long drawn-out battle that could impact their relationship with each other as well as the emotional health of the children involved. In such cases, couples may go the arbitration route, which is a non-court, yet binding system of resolving divorce issues.

Arbitration is a process by which two parties agree to make use of a neutral third-party party in order to resolve their disputes and come to an acceptable agreement. In a lot of ways, it is very similar to the process of mediation. Mediation also uses a neutral third party to act as a buffer between the parties, and to help them come to an agreement about thorny issues. In family law cases in Colorado, both the parties can choose a neutral third party who will make decisions that are binding on both parties. Decisions, that may be resolved by arbitration include financial and property issues like division of assets, as well as child custody issues.

Benefits of Arbitration in Colorado

It is, but natural, that a divorcing couple will want to keep out of the court room. Very often, courts do not offer the kind of intimate setting that arbitration does. Arbitration is done outside courtroom, and couples find that this kind of atmosphere where they can discuss their grievances, very reassuring. A judge will not have the time to get to know you personally, and will not have the time to deal with your family history before making a decision. An arbitrator has those luxuries, and can make decisions that are acceptable to both of you.

In arbitration, unlike in mediation, the decisions are binding on the parties. The decisions that are made as a result of arbitration proceedings are considered final. If one partner has a problem with these decisions, he or she must appeal to the court.