Arbitration is a voluntary alternative to court proceedings. An arbitrator will make a decision on your dispute instead of a judge. This decision is binding and can be enforced in court.

Arbitration can be used for the following:

  • Financial and property disputes arising from family relationships
  • Child arrangements

There are some limitations to arbitration and you can find more information on whether arbitration is suitable for you here.

The benefits of arbitration are:

  • Choice of arbitrator – The parties choose the arbitrator together.
  • Speed – The parties agree the timetable and date of the arbitration. This can be significantly quicker than going through the court process.
  • Confidentiality
  • Potential cost saving – The parties pay the arbitrator’s fee, cost of the venue and legal representation (if required) which can be less than the cost of representation in standard court proceedings.
  • Flexibility – The parties agree the scope of the arbitration.