There are now a number of alternative dispute resolution paths that can be considered to avoid the time, cost and stress of resolving issues in the court room. Where there is a high degree of co-operation mediation or collaborative law may work for some divorcing couples. However, if the two parties involved are unable to reach an agreement on financial or children matters, arbitration can be a timely and cost-effective way to reach a divorce settlement without going to court.
Arbitration is a process in which the parties agree to appoint an arbitrator, who is a suitably qualified person (usually an experienced family lawyer or retired judge), to decide their case in the same way that a judge would do at court. The arbitrator’s decision is binding on the parties in the same way as a Court Order, with very limited grounds for appeal. Arbitration can be used to resolve financial, and children matters. Most importantly, it can lead to such matters being resolved within a matter of weeks, rather than many months as you would expect in court proceedings.
Arbitration is perhaps most appropriate for cases where there is a degree of co-operation between the parties, but where a settlement is unlikely to be reached without a final decision being made for the parties on one or more issues. Arbitration is less likely to be appropriate where there are concerns about one party hiding assets, or where there are third parties who need to give evidence.
The main advantages of arbitration include:
The main disadvantages of arbitration include:
As the circumstances of each case are different, we would recommend seeking early advice from a family solicitor, so that the various options can be discussed with a view to deciding whether arbitration is the best way forward for you.
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