Family law practitioners in Toronto have long embraced the mediation/arbitration process as a preferred method of resolving family law disputes. Med/Arb provides a timely resolution to difficult disputes before a knowledgeable third party.
With the increasing delays in our court system, and the ever-present uncertainty of result, it may well be time for civil practitioners in all areas to seriously consider Med/Arb as an alternative for their clients.
In a mediation/arbitration agreement, the parties agree to use a third party neutral as a mediator, and if the mediation is not successful, to employ that same third party as an arbitrator to finally resolve the dispute within a defined arbitration process.
This article originally appeared in the April 10th, 2015 issue of The Lawyers Weekly.