If you are going through a divorce and the valuation of your assets is high, you may during the course of your case think about hiring a private judge. The decision to use a private family law judge in your Orange County divorce case needs to be taken only when you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of both the methods.
Prospective Advantages of a Private Family Law Judge
· Faster proceedings
There is a strong chance that by hiring a private family law judge, your Orange County divorce case may proceed faster since a private judge is generally a judicial officer who retired from the public sector, and so he or she is a private judge ‘for hire’ which means that he or she dedicates time exclusively for your case as opposed to being at the mercy of the court system with thousands of other cases. There is a very real chance that your case will move along faster because a private family law judge doesn’t have to contend with a plethora of other cases.
· A private family law judge may have more experience than a public judge
Private family law judges are typically family law attorneys or retired judges. In both the cases, this would mean that they have a wealth of experience. On the other hand, in the public family law system, there are all kinds of judges the experienced ones as well as the inexperienced ones.
While you can choose the private judge on the amount of experience they have, this is not true for public family law, where you are assigned a judge randomly.
Prospective Disadvantage of Hiring a Private Family Law Judge
· It may cost you more
While fighting and filing a case in an Orange County family law court seemed expensive to you, it could cost you more since you are paying for the private judge. Most private law judges will typically charge you at the very least as much as your attorney does. This means that it could either be a high fixed rate or one that is to be paid per appearance. Also while public family law judges can read files submitted by you, each and every file in a private law case will have a cost that you and your spouse will have to bear. However, that can be a a trade-off that is worth it for the savings of not having to wait in court for hours for your case to otherwise be heard.
Deciding on which one to choose for your Orange County divorce is no easy task. It is important that you weigh the cost against the time savings. Are you really in dire need to get your case over with even if it costs you a lot more? The answer to this question would help you choose between the two types of judges.
Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law lawyer and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.