Family Law Arbitration in Leeds, Sheffield & York
Proceedings in the family court can be frustratingly lengthy, costly and inflexible. This is one of the reasons why family arbitration has seen its popularity increase over recent years as it aims to help couples following a breakdown of their relationship sort issues out quickly and cost-effectively whilst providing flexibility.
Arbitration works by both parties, usually with their solicitors, agreeing to jointly appoint an arbitrator to make decisions for them, in a similar way that a Judge in the family court would. The parties would then provide the arbitrator with all the relevant information and put forwards their legal arguments before they make their decision. The decision made by the Arbitrator is binding.
The process is flexible because you and your former partner can:
- Choose who you appoint as an arbitrator making sure they have the necessary level of expertise.
- Agree that the arbitrator would only make decisions limited to specific issues, such as how the proceeds of sale of the family home should be divided or which school your children should go to. This means you are not wasting time and money discussing issues that have already been agreed upon or are not considered to be relevant.
- Dictate the timetable, unlike in court proceedings. This means you can avoid the delays of waiting for court hearings and make sure the meetings are at a time and location that is convenient for you.
- Agree that the arbitrator should consider the issues in writing or arrange a meeting with you and solicitors, with the arbitrator, similar but less formal than court proceedings.
Arbitration can be used for cases involving disputes about the division of property and finances following the breakdown of a relationship and can also be used in most matters involving children. It can be used as part of divorce proceedings or for unmarried couples.
Our family solicitors can support, advise and represent you through Arbitration. To discuss this further, contact one of our experts today.