NJ Arbitration and Family Law and Divorce in New Jersey
Rules changes were adopted as of September 1, 2016, for alternate dispute resolution and complimentary dispute resolution. Collaborative divorce, mediation, and arbitration all have elements of alternative dispute resolution and complimentary dispute resolution. In the divorce process there is mediation for child custody and parenting time and economic mediation, there is also the Early Settlement Panel. At Early Settlement Panel, in a New Jersey Divorce, parties meet with a panel of two attorneys that review their settlement offers and generally tell the parties what a Court would likely do with that case in terms of a decision after a trial.
Arbitration requires that an arbitrator makes a decision that is generally binding. Whereas mediation, a mediator tries to get parties to agree to terms that are not binding on the parties.