Experienced Family Lawyer
The legal field of Family Law is as diverse as the families in need of counsel. Whether your legal needs lie in divorce or any other area of family law, you need someone to be "in your corner." Malcolm S. Nettles will aggressively represent you and your family's best interests. At The Law Office of Malcolm S. Nettles, we have more than 30 years of experience representing clients. Whether yours is a simple dissolution, you're fighting over property custody, or both, we will be your advocate, both in court and out.
The Law Office of Malcolm S. Nettles is experienced in representing individuals involved with Child Protective Services where families are torn apart when the state seeks to interfere in their lives. We represent mothers, fathers, grandparents and other family members as it relates to protecting the rights of children to be raised in their families and not in foster care.
The Law Practice of Malcolm Nettles has the experience to properly assist you in any family legal issue:
Child Abuse & Neglect
Mediation - Arbitration - Grandparents' Rights - Child Custody
In family law, as in other areas of the law, ADR (alternative dispute resolution) is an umbrella term encompassing such procedures as mediation and arbitration. How alternative dispute resolution might apply to your divorce or child custody dispute:
ADR is widely recognized as an efficient way to resolve legal issues involved in property settlement agreements and other family law issues including child custody or spousal support. Mediation is a procedure managed by a neutral mediator. If disagreement persists beyond mediation, the issue could be decided by an arbitrator, or private judge, within the context of ADR. Arbitration hearings occur in private settings, at times convenient to the parties involved in the case.
Arbitration can be more expeditious than court proceedings. Arbitration is governed by rules that are agreed upon in advance. These rules may be customized, perhaps varying from those used in courtrooms. For example, participants may agree to allow hearsay evidence, to allow for summaries of witness testimony, or to use summaries of lengthy documentary evidence.
Although arbitration is not widely used in family law, it can be one of the best options in complex cases involving complicated portfolios of assets, or hotly contested child custody cases. Through arbitration, spouses going through a divorce have the power to decide when, where, and at what cost resolutions will happen. The client also has the ability to agree on who is going to serve as arbitrator and make any final decisions that the couple has not been able to negotiate through mediation or collaborative law.
Contact Malcolm Nettles About Your Family's Legal Needs
Divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences of a person's life. It can be emotionally stressful, financially taxing, and spiritually draining. Malcolm Nettles understands that, and is committed to protecting you during this challenging time.