Litigation is the legal process used when disputes cannot be resolved out of court by parties through negotiation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. At Kain and Ball, our experienced family law lawyers are here to help you whether you have been served with an Application or need to bring an Application to commence litigation. While litigation is not the ideal way to resolve all family law disputes, there are circumstances that require immediate action, where litigation needs to be commenced as soon as possible.
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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation-Arbitration
Mediation-arbitration can be a cost-effective solution for resolving certain family law disputes. The process involves both parties, along with their respective counsel, choosing a senior family law lawyer to serve as the mediator and arbitrator in the proceeding. At Kain and Ball, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best result with as little conflict as possible and we have found the mediation-arbitration process to be an effective solution for those clients who want to reach a final resolution of their issues in an efficient and relatively low conflict manner.
Marriage Contracts (Prenuptial Agreements) and Cohabitation Agreements
Cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts (which are also sometimes called prenuptial agreements) are domestic contracts that people use to protect their interests when entering into a spousal relationship. These contracts outline each party’s rights and responsibilities in the relationship, and define their intentions regarding these rights and responsibilities. For instance, a domestic contract can be used to clarify, extend, or restrict such rights and obligations as spousal support or property rights in the event the relationship fails.