Family Arbitration - Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Videolink

Fast and Binding Out-of Court Resolutions

Family arbitration is a private, legally binding process where a neutral third-party arbitrator makes decisions on family law disputes. This alternative to court proceedings allows families to resolve issues such as property division, child and spousal support, and custody arrangements in a more flexible, confidential, and often quicker manner. The arbitrator’s decisions are enforceable in the same way as a court order.

At the Collaborative Law and Mediation Centre, we offer binding arbitration services that offer a private, efficient, and expert-led alternative to traditional court proceedings. Our approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of families in transition, ensuring a process that is both respectful and resolution-focused.

Determining the Best Path: Mediation or Arbitration

When navigating family law disputes, choosing the right process is crucial. At Collaborative Law and Mediation Centre, we offer both mediation and arbitration services. Understanding when each is most appropriate can help you make an informed decision.

Arbitration is often recommended in cases where parties are unlikely to reach a resolution through mediation alone. Arbitration is also often agreed as a follow-on stage in cases where mediation has been unsuccessful.

When Mediation May Be Best

Our Family Law Mediation options are ideal in situations where:

  1. Mutual Cooperation Exists: Both parties are willing to communicate and collaborate to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.
  2. Flexibility and Creativity Desired: Parties seek creative solutions that might not be available in a court setting.
  3. Control Over Outcome: You prefer to maintain control over the final agreement rather than having a decision imposed by an arbitrator or judge.
  4. Confidential and Informal Setting: A private, less formal environment is desired to discuss sensitive issues.
  5. Preservation of Relationships: Particularly important in cases where ongoing relationships (such as co-parenting) are involved.

When Arbitration May Be Best

Arbitration is more suitable when:

  1. Decision-Making Authority Needed: Parties are unable to reach an agreement and require a neutral third party to make binding decisions.
  2. Legal Complexity: The dispute involves complex legal questions that benefit from the expertise of a specialized arbitrator.
  3. Faster Resolution: When a quicker resolution is needed, and court delays are undesirable.
  4. Confidentiality and Privacy: The need for a private resolution remains, but with the structure and formality closer to a court process.
  5. Finality of Decision: Parties seek a definitive conclusion to their dispute, with limited grounds for appeal.

Our Approach

At Collaborative Law and Mediation Centre, we understand that every family law matter is unique. Our experienced professionals will work with you to assess your specific situation and guide you towards the process that best suits your needs, whether it be mediation for a more collaborative approach or arbitration for a decisive resolution.

Contact us to discuss which path is right for you, and begin your journey towards resolution.

Ideal Family Law Matters for Arbitration

Arbitration is particularly effective for a wide range of family law disputes, including but not limited to:

  • Schooling Enrolment and Educational Decisions
  • Parental Relocation
  • Adjustments in Child Support
  • Crafting or Modifying Parenting Arrangements
  • Resolving Spousal Support Disputes
  • Division of Property and Assets
  • Debt Allocation
  • Healthcare Decisions for Children
  • Cultural and Religious Upbringing of Children
  • Extracurricular Activities and Associated Costs
  • Post-Separation Lifestyle Adjustments
  • Grandparent Visitation Rights
  • Pet Custody
  • Modification of Previous Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreement Disputes

Pricing Overview

  • Intake / Pre-Arbitration Sessions: Typically $350 per party.
  • One Day Session:
    • One-Day Session With Summarized Judgment: $2500 per party plus tax.
    • One-Day Session With Full Written Judgment: $3500 per party plus tax.
  • Multi-Day Sessions: Custom quotes available.

Start Your Journey Towards Resolution

At Collaborative Law and Mediation Centre, we are committed to guiding you through the arbitration process with expertise and care. Our services are available in person in Nanaimo and Vancouver, or online across BC.

Contact us for a complimentary 15-minute consultation to explore how arbitration can provide a tailored solution for your family law matter.

Empower your decision-making with arbitration – a path to private, efficient, and expert resolutions.


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