Arbitration

Family law arbitration provides a way for couples to deal with the financial and children issues arising from a relationship breakdown, without going to court. Like a court, a family law arbitrator will decide the matter for you if you cannot, but far faster and more flexibly.

You would both need to agree to go down this route; you can then decide who the arbitrator is, what they decide, and how and when they make their decision. You can even choose how you conduct the process, which gives you a degree of control over the cost. Unlike mediation and collaborative law however, once you have started the process, the arbitrator will make a final binding decision, unless you agree your own solution .

Arbitration is not appropriate in every case, and both parties have to agree to take this route. Our family team will look carefully at your situation and help you decide if  it is the right option for you. If you do proceed, we can provide advice and support at every stage in the arbitration process. Our Tim Melville-Walker is a family law arbitrator, one of the first solicitors to qualify to conduct both financial and children arbitrations. Tim is also a veteran family solicitor and a Deputy District Judge, so has great experience of dealing with matters from both sides

To discuss a potential arbitration matter informally, in confidence and without commitment, please contact us.

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