Family law arbitration is very cost-effective due to the speed of the process. Even though the arbitrator is paid, the process can be greatly streamlined, including relaxation of evidence rules, and will take place on a condensed time frame.
Unlike arbitration, a family court trial is often spaced out over many months which requires attorneys to prepare repeatedly with only hours of trial time scheduled months apart. It is not uncommon for the family court to take years to reach a divorce or post judgment trial and then take months to actually complete the trial.
Arbitration, on the other hand, can take place on consecutive days or at least days scheduled close together to avoid the cost of preparing to address the same materials on multiple occasions.
The speed of the arbitration process is what makes it cost effective.