Protect Your Privacy With Private Judge & Arbitration Services
At one time, Private Judges were only available to celebrities or very wealthy people. Divorce Helpline offers you the services of a Private Judge that can be much more cost-effective than going to court.
You and your spouse can interview and select your own Private Judge who can provide a legally binding decision based upon the law and the facts of your situation. You can use a Private Judge to decide any unresolved issues or to expedite our divorce process when a settlement has been agreed to, quickly and confidentially.
In cases where a settlement has been reached, a Private Judge offers speed, control, privacy and not available through the court system. For example:
Speed: A Family Law Private Judge can significantly increase the speed by which your court documents are filed with the court. With a Private Judge, your documents will be signed in weeks as opposed to months. In addition, for those who are trying to complete a divorce process by December 31 for tax filing purposes, a Private Judge gives you greater control over the timing of your divorce.
Control: A Family Law Private Judge will give you control and access to your documents. At any time, you can contact the people handling your documents and find out the status of both your divorce and your documents. In the traditional court system, once documents are submitted to the court clerk, there is no access to the documents until they are returned to you. At that time, the documents are either signed or returned as “rejected” with instructions to “correct and resubmit.” This is not a concern for those who use a Family Law Private Judge.
Privacy: The details of your life, including where your child(ren) will be, who does or does not have custody of them, and your division of assets do not necessarily have to be kept at the court as part of a public record, which can be accessed by everyone. Through the use of a qualified, experienced, and skilled Family Law Private Judge, you may be able to have the details of your Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) kept out of the public record.
When you and your spouse have not reached agreement, a Private Judge offers the speed, control and privacy discussed above, along with focused attention on your case and a less formal, more comfortable environment to work through unresolved issues.
When you use a Family Law Private Judge, time is set aside for you. You will be given time to present all of the evidence necessary in order for you to feel you have properly presented the facts to the Judge. You can be confident that the ruling is based on the full set of facts and not rushed to fit into a public court judge’s busy schedule. This is important in high conflict divorces, and also for average cases where people simply want to get their matter decided without spending thousands of dollars wasting time in the public courts. This means that you can save more of your estate for your family and yourself.
Whether speed is your concern or your issues involve complex property division, custody disputes, business valuation, real estate division, pension rights, child support and alimony (spousal support) calculations, parenting plans, or other disputes relating to separation and divorce, they can be resolved quickly, efficiently, and completely in the context of a Private Family Law Judge.
Divorce can be difficult. However, people who have started out in the public courts and moved their dispute to private judging routinely report the divorce experience was infinitely better, speedier, and less expensive.
You can learn more about using a Family Law Private Judge by speaking with one of our attorneys at 1-800-359-7004.
- $700 per hour for private judging/arbitration of contested issues (subject to approval)
- $700 flat fee to have your divorce judgment reviewed and signed by a private judge when your paperwork is prepared by Divorce Helpline, plus additional charges for filing and rush service is applicable.
- $1,100 flat fee to have your divorce judgment reviewed and signed by a private judge when your paperwork is not prepared Divorce Helpline, plus additional charges for filing and rush service if applicable