It really is a shame how few people know about arbitration. When it comes to family disputes, it combines the best parts about the courtroom with the best parts of mediation.
In addition to being a mediator, I am an arbitrator. I would not be an arbitrator if I wasn’t convinced of its effectiveness. I have written about the benefits of arbitration before, but what exactly is it?
Basically, arbitration is another form of dispute resolution. When a couple is going through a divorce and cannot reach an agreement about finances or property, they can appoint an arbitrator.
That arbitrator will be a qualified legal professional. They will hear each party’s case and make a decision, called an ‘award’. This decision will be upheld by the court and is legally enforceable.
The meetings which inform the arbitrator’s decision can take place in person but can also be done over the phone or even in writing. They are kept completely private. Only the parties and the arbitrator will know what has been said during the meetings.
So arbitration results in a legally enforceable decision without the time, money and stress of going through a lengthy court battle. It can be quicker, cheaper and, possibly most importantly, it’s private.
If you are interested in appointing an arbitrator, you need to contact the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, of which I am a member. They can be reached at 01689 820272, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.