Can someone be forced into Arbitration?
Family law arbitration is voluntary, with all parties needing to consent to participate.
Therefore, you cannot typically compel someone to participate in a family law arbitration against their will. However, some exceptions exist where a court may order the parties to participate in arbitration.
In certain jurisdictions, courts have the power to direct parties to take part in arbitration to resolve disputes involving parenting, child support, and other family law matters. Courts typically exercise this authority in situations where they deem arbitration as potentially more efficient or in the best interest of the parties.
Moreover, in some scenarios, parties might have already agreed to arbitrate disputes in a pre-existing contract like a prenuptial agreement or a divorce settlement agreement. In such instances, the parties might be obligated by the agreement, and the court can enforce it.
Regardless of the situation, it is recommended that parties consult with a lawyer before they agree to participate in family law arbitration. A lawyer can help you understand the arbitration process and the potential pros and cons. They can also assist in identifying whether you're legally obligated to participate in arbitration and help you navigate the legal process.