SPECIAL MASTER & ARBITRATION
Fortunately, not all family law matters need court intervention. The attorneys at HS are available for appointments as special masters or arbitrators to assist parties in reaching resolutions outside of a court proceeding—and pride ourselves on applying the same level of dedication and legal acumen to these issues as to our trial cases.
What’s a Special Master? The appointment of a special master provides a means by which parties can present disputes to a neutral decision-maker rather than in a court proceeding. A special master appointment may be appropriate where parties desire privacy, have unique or complex issues that may require specialized knowledge or understanding, or where decisions must occur in a specified time-frame.
What Constitutes an Arbitration? Although it is an alternative to court litigation, arbitration is nevertheless an adversarial proceeding. The parties select an experienced arbitrator and submit disputed issues to the arbitrator for determination. Arbitration affords parties significantly more control over the process and timelines than a court proceeding, and the arbitration proceeding is less formal than litigation.
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