What is arbitration in Children Law?
When you have a dispute with someone about your children and you have been unable to resolve it through discussion, it can help to ask a qualified independent third party to make a decision for you.
Arbitration does just that – it’s like a personal court available at your convenience. The arbitrator listens to the evidence and the arguments on each side and then makes an independent decision about what is best for your children. That decision is intended to be binding and can easily be made into a court order. The difference is that arbitration is quicker, less formal, less stressful and will probably save you a great deal of money.
The role of an arbitrator is similar to that of a judge, though the procedures can be less formal and the arbitrator will be an expert in that particular area of work.
Examples of Children Arbitration – What sorts of disputes can be resolved?
Arbitration can decide issues such as where the child should live, how much time should be spent with each parent and other family members (including grandparents), schooling and the problems that arise when one parent wants to move with the children to another part of the the country. It does not apply to issues involving the safety of the child (ie issues with which the local authority could become involved) or issues involving foreign countries (ie moving the child abroad or taking them on holiday abroad).
How to begin the Arbitration process
You should contact the clerks at Barrister For Me via our online contact form. They will be able to to check whether your dispute is one that we can help you with, talk you through the process and send you a guide to arbitration. You may also want to look at the website of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators which has lots of information including a Guide for the Public. Our Arbitrators are specialist family law barristers and members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. They are accredited and regulated by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.
At Barrister For Me our fees are transparent and fixed, compared with going to court, and your case will be heard more quickly and often with fewer hearings. The other thing that sets us apart is that we are friendly and approachable, and available to you at evenings and weekends to fit in with your schedule.