Head of Family, Children and Divorce
Trainee Chartered Legal Executive
Arbitration is an increasingly popular way to resolve a dispute as an alternative to court. The parties appoint a trained family law arbitrator and agree to be bound by their decision. The arbitrator can be asked to decide one or more specific issues on which the parties are stuck or the entire case.
Arbitration can be used to resolve financial and property disputes arising from family relationship including on the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership or between cohabitees or issues in relation to children.
The role of the arbitrator is very much like that of a judge in the court process. However, the parties are able to choose the arbitrator and have some input to the procedure leading to the arbitrator’s decision. It provides more flexibility than court proceedings and is usually more efficient, which means a case can often be resolved far quicker and potentially at less cost than through court. Arbitration also offers the parties confidentiality, which is increasingly attractive in view of the move towards transparency of family court proceedings and the risk that the family’s private dispute could be reported in the press.
For more information about arbitration please contact a member of Raworths family law team.