Children Arbitration Scheme now launched
On Monday the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA)
launched the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme to strengthen
the use of arbitration relating to family disputes.
Arbitration enables parties to resolve disputes without the
delay and expense of the court process. It provides for a
more flexible process and guarantees confidentiality where that is
required or necessary. Parties appoint an independent
arbitrator who will act fairly and impartially to make a decision
which will be final and binding upon them.
Since 2012 family law arbitration has only been available to
deal with financial matters. The new scheme now allows
couples the opportunity to resolve disputes concerning the exercise
of parental responsibility and other private law issues regarding
the welfare of children. This will cover issues relating to
where children should live, how much time they should spend with
each parent and relocation in England and Wales.
Nigel Shepherd, Chair of Resolution (and family arbitrator),
"Resolution is committed to
helping separating families find the best approach to resolving
issues. Since its launch, arbitration has provided couples with a
speedy, flexible and cost-effective way to sort out their finances
where they cannot reach agreement. I'm delighted that this new
scheme has been established to extend these benefits to those
families needing a decision on the arrangements for their
If you require any further information on arbitration please
contact a member of our family team on 01482 337361.
Posted on: 21/07/2016
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