Arbitration And Judge Pro Tempore Services


Arbitration and Judge Pro Tempore are two of the more valuable family law dispute resolution methods. Often underutilized, they can offer clients and their lawyers a bit more control over the process.

Both arbitration and using a Judge Pro Tempore are voluntary processes. Both can be used to resolve a divorce proceeding or a custody dispute.

What Is Arbitration?

An arbitrator is a neutral who has experience in family law either as an attorney or perhaps in another profession with experience in family law. Parties and their counsel present their case to the arbitrator who makes a decision in the matter.

There are two types of arbitration. One is binding, the other is not. Usually having binding arbitration is helpful, but some people do not want the decision of the arbitrator to be binding, but rather an evaluation of their case.

What Is A Judge Pro Tempore?

In California, this process is an alternative to having your case heard in a public courtroom. Using a Judge Pro Tempore, or a temporary, private judge, requires the approval of the court.

The same protections and rights that are available in the usual court process are available with a temporary judge. The judgment of a private judge is just as effective as one obtained in court and therefore you have the same rights to an appeal if necessary.

The advantages of using a temporary judge include choosing your judicial officer, knowing that your judge has knowledge and understanding of family law and an efficient hearing of your case.

To find out more about arbitration and the use of temporary private judges, call Nachlis Family Law Group at our San Francisco office at 415-399-8380 or fill out an online inquiry.