Navigating family law disputes can be a complex and stressful process, but Galarneau's Family Law Arbitration Services is here to help. Located in Ottawa, Susan Galarneau offers a range of family law arbitration services to help you resolve your disputes quickly, efficiently, and confidentially.
We offer a range of family law arbitration services, including property division, spousal support, child support, Parenting, and other family law issues. Unlike traditional court proceedings, arbitration allows you to control the process and outcome of your dispute, while maintaining privacy and confidentiality.
Property Division: When couples separate, one of the most challenging aspects of the process can be dividing their property. In family law arbitration, property division is often a significant issue to be resolved. The arbitrator will review the parties' assets and liabilities, and will make a decision as to how the property will be divided. This may include the division of real estate, pensions, businesses, and other assets.
Spousal Support: Spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance, is another common issue that arises in family law disputes. In family law arbitration, the arbitrator will consider factors such as the length of the marriage, the income of both parties, and the standard of living during the marriage. Based on these factors, the arbitrator will make a decision on spousal support, including the amount and duration of the payments.
Child Support: Child support is a critical issue that must be resolved in any family law dispute involving children. In family law arbitration, the arbitrator will consider the income of both parties, the number of children, and the age of the children. Based on these factors, the arbitrator will make a decision on child support, including the amount and duration of the payments.
Parenting: Parenting disputes can be some of the most challenging family law issues to resolve. In family law arbitration, the arbitrator will consider what is in the best interests of the child or children involved. This may include factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, the child's age and needs, and any special circumstances that may affect the child's well-being. The arbitrator will make a decision on Parenting that is in the best interests of the child.
Other Family Law Issues: In addition to the above issues, family law arbitration can also be used to resolve other family law disputes. These may include issues related to adoption, surrogacy, prenuptial agreements, and other family law matters. The arbitrator will consider the specific circumstances of the case and make a decision that is fair and just for all parties involved.
We understand that you may have questions and concerns about the family law arbitration process. That is why we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand the process. Some common questions include:
How long does the process take? Will I still need a lawyer?
A: The length of the arbitration process depends on the complexity of the issues involved and the parties' willingness to negotiate. Typically, it can take several months to a year to complete. While arbitration is designed to be a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation, it is still advisable to consult with a family law attorney who can advise you on your rights and ensure your interests are protected throughout the process.
How is the arbitrator chosen?
A: The arbitrator is typically chosen by mutual agreement between the parties. In some cases, the parties may choose to hire a professional arbitrator who specializes in family law matters. The arbitrator should be an impartial third party who has experience and expertise in family law issues.
Can the decision be appealed?
A: Generally, the decision reached in family law arbitration cannot be appealed unless there is a serious procedural irregularity or error of law. The parties are bound by the arbitrator's decision, which is final and binding, and the courts will usually only intervene in exceptional circumstances.
What happens if one party does not comply with the decision?
A: If one party does not comply with the decision, the other party can seek enforcement through the court system. The arbitral award can be enforced as if it were a court order. This means that the court can order the non-complying party to take specific actions or pay a sum of money as directed by the arbitrator.
Galarneau & Associates is here to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. We understands that family law arbitration can be a complex and emotional process, and we are here to help. Galarneau & Associates is dedicated to providing you with the information and support you need to make an informed decision about whether arbitration is right for you. We can answer any questions you may have about the process, the costs, and the potential outcomes. Contact Galarneau & Associates today to learn more.