How Does SnapDivorce Work?
What is Binding Arbitration?
SnapDivorce is based on the principles of Binding Arbitration. In Binding Arbitration, parties to a dispute agree to let one or more people (arbitrators), who are knowledgeable in a relevant area of the law, decide their dispute, just as a judge would in court. The decision is legally binding and cannot be appealed.
However, unlike traditional arbitration, which uses lawyers to investigate and present cases to a private judge, SnapDivorce fulfills all of these roles by itself. SnapDivorce investigates your case and acts as the arbitrator, or decision maker. It saves you time, money, and aggravation as you move through the divorce process.
This structure of combined services has been used in European and other civil justice systems with great success for decades. It simply hasn’t been utilized much in divorce proceedings because another, less efficient system has become the expected norm instead.
Is it Legally Binding?
Binding Arbitration in divorce cases is completely legal, fair, and binding. Businesses have used Binding Arbitration for decades as a way to resolve their disputes, stay out of court, and avoid costly legal battles. Essentially, the law permits the two sides in a dispute to agree to hire an arbiter – it can be a former judge, it can be an attorney, it can be a friend of the couple – to hear their case and render a legally binding decision. SnapDivorce adds on to the concept of Binding Arbitration by eliminating the need for the parties to hire their own attorneys. SnapDivorce both investigates your case and renders a decision in your case. This creates huge efficiencies that, in turn, benefit you.
SnapDivorce vs. Traditional Divorce
SnapDivorce has many advantages over Traditional Divorce. Among them are significantly reduced costs, quick resolution, privacy, and a professional analysis of your case. SnapDivorce eliminates the need for attorneys, and significantly reduces conflict. SnapDivorce is designed to gather all of the information needed promptly. It eliminates “game playing” by attorneys, and is not subject to the delays endemic to the family court system.
Finally, Snap Divorce is convenient and private. No waiting around in a dingy, public courthouse for a judge to get to your case. No discussing your private personal and financial matters in front of strangers in a courtroom. No endless delays and continuances. No missed work days because you have to appear in court.
In the past, divorcing parties have had few other options. Divorce in the United States has traditionally been handled through the adversarial civil litigation system. Each party is expected to hire a lawyer to “fight” for their rights and present their case to the judge. This Common Law system, which was formed hundreds of years ago in England and hasn’t changed much since, is a terrible way to process divorce. It’s the equivalent of trying to cure disease with bloodletting. It’s barbaric. It’s complicated, expensive, and it provokes needless antagonism in already tense circumstances. Individuals absolutely do not need their own individual attorneys. That is a myth perpetrated by the very system that benefits from it. What individuals need is someone who knows the law and applies it fairly, efficiently, and in a cost-effective manner. That has not been an option. Until SnapDivorce.
After years of seeing couples financially and emotionally wrecked by the divorce process, Kevin Handy, a seasoned divorce attorney, knew there had to be a better way. If he could accurately predict after 15 minutes of meeting with a client how a divorce would turn out – which was nearly always possible – why did it take years and tens of thousand of dollars to complete? Because that’s the way it was always done – ugly, painful, time-consuming and costly.
Handy asked himself, “If faced with that prospect, how would I want to get divorced?”
The answer was SnapDivorce – a streamlined process that would eliminate all the ugliness of traditional divorce at a price that was affordable and fair.
In essence, SnapDivorce is a more civilized way to divorce.
Since the practice of Binding Arbitration was already in place and completely legal, it was a natural choice. It eliminates duplicate efforts, silly fights and delays, and leads to the same result at a fraction of the cost. And the whole thing can be done in the comfort and privacy of a business office.
What are the Steps to Getting a SnapDivorce?
SnapDivorce employs an easy, three-step process that completes all the work necessary to finalize your divorce for one low, flat fee. In addition to being simple and efficient, the process is designed to protect the interests of the parties, as would happen in court.
The three steps include: (1) an Initial Meeting, (2) an Investigation Phase, and (3) a Divorce Resolution Conference.
(1) The Initial Meeting
At the Initial Meeting, a SnapDivorce Navigator meets with the divorcing couple to gather the background information needed to investigate and process the divorce. This includes an overview of the case, an exchange of general personal and financial information, and a period of discussion for the two parties to state their positions and concerns. The Navigator identifies and resolves any issues in the case that need immediate attention. The Navigator formulates a plan to gather and process the financial information needed for resolution. The initial meeting(s) are scheduled at the convenience of the parties in the privacy of our office, and usually take between one to two hours. The couple may meet together or separately, depending on what is most comfortable.
(2) The Investigation Phase
During the Investigation Phase, which usually lasts between 30-60 days, your SnapDivorce Navigator and professional team will obtain all of the information necessary to analyze and resolve the issues in your case. We gather this directly from the financial institutions and relevant entities – in short, anyone who can document the marital assets. This relieves you of the burden of gathering this information yourself. Couples often find this part of Traditional Divorce to be the most tedious. It is labor intensive and time-consuming. It requires an enormous amount of time to make phone calls, process requests, sign authorizations – and then do it all over again when you don’t get what you need the first time. SnapDivorce can spend the time to do this right, because that is one of the things your flat fee pays us to do.
The SnapDivorce Navigator then reviews all relevant information and creates a SnapDivorce pre-conference analysis. That will be used by the SnapDivorce arbitrators as a guide during the Divorce Resolution Conference.
Also, if any additional issues arise in your case that need urgent attention during the Investigation Phase, SnapDivorce arbitrators are available on-call to resolve those issues.
(3) The SnapDivorce Resolution Conference
A SnapDivorce Resolution Conference is held in the privacy of one of our offices after the investigation phase is complete. At this conference, a SnapDivorce arbitrator reviews all the issues in your case with both parties, and asks questions that are pertinent to the resolution. Each side also has the opportunity to once again present facts and issues they believe should be considered by the arbitration panel. The entire proceeding is recorded.
Promptly following the Divorce Resolution Conference, a panel of three SnapDivorce arbitrators meets to discuss the case and render a fair, impartial decision. A written Divorce Arbitration Award memorializes that decision. A simple, no-fault divorce is then processed by an affiliated attorney (included in the flat-fee price), and the award is confirmed by the court upon entry of the divorce decree.
The SnapDivorce resolution, now in the form of a divorce decree, becomes enforceable as an order of court.
Who Does the Work?
SnapDivorce does all the work so that you don’t have to. All of our arbitrators are experienced Family Law attorneys. We have decades of handling divorces and practicing in the courts. Unlike in court – where you will most likely get a tired, overworked, or indifferent judge to decide your case – SnapDivorce assures you of a fair hearing and well-reasoned decision by a panel of SnapDivorce arbitrators. At least one man and one woman will serve on each three-person panel.