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), said

"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 children."

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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