Family law arbitration is a developing area of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that has a number of advantages over the traditional court process. Our helpful family lawyers are experts in advising you on the best approach to take for you and your family. One of the principal advantages that arbitration has over standard court proceedings is the speed at which matters can be resolved. Instead of waiting for the Family Court’s standard timetable, you and your former spouse can arrange arbitration sessions at your mutual convenience. Similarly, parties can choose their arbitrator (arbitrators are highly experienced and specially qualified family lawyers who act in a similar role to a judge). Parties can even decide which issues to include as part of the arbitration (currently financial matters, but arbitration will soon be extended to arrangements for children). This ensures that you stay in control of the process.
How and Why Arbitration WorksAll matters discussed in arbitration are completely confidential and in many cases arbitration can work out significantly cheaper than pursuing a financial settlement through the Family Court. At the end of your arbitration the arbitrator will make a legally-binding arbitration award. Your solicitor will submit the award to the Family Court to make an order, to ensure that it is enforceable in the future. Only in very exceptional circumstances will the Family Court decline an arbitration decision.
Contact Our Family Law Experts for Arbitration Advice & ServicesOur specialist lawyers can advise you on any family law matters being pursued through arbitration. Please contact our Sale or Manchester city centre locations on 0161 969 3131, or email a member of the team.
Your Family Law team
Mark HeptinstallPartner & Head of Family
Kim AucottConsultant Solicitor
Joanne TaylorChartered Legal Executive
David WilkinsonTrainee Solicitor