THE PROCESS FOR USING A PRIVATE JUDGE – It’s more “attainable/within reach” than you think.
I think it’s reasonable to say that getting a divorce can be quite emotionally taxing and test anyone’s patience.
In some cases, divorce settlements can take upwards of a year due to lack of funding in the court system and resulting case overload.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse. If you would like to speed up the process and can afford it, consider hiring a private judge (judge pro tempore).
Private judges can be used for cases that do not involve crimes and thus do not require a jury.
They have many benefits, such as a quicker, more efficient process with the added privilege of privacy, as they don’t have to hear your case in public courtrooms where anyone has the right to sit in and watch.
You have the option of litigating in a relaxed, private environment and you have more time to go over your case than in public court.
Despite being private, a judge has the same authority as a judge in public court, and their decisions can also be appealed.
Prices vary, but hiring a private judge can wind up being the same price as attorney fees (maybe less, as they charge by the hour and you are speeding up the process) and are generally split between you and your partner.
If you are interested in pursuing the private route, contact your attorney, and they will hire one that is approved by both parties and the court.
Consult with Shulman Family Law for more information on how to approach your personal situation.