In July 2016, a new Family Law Children Arbitration Scheme will be rolled out. At present it is possible to arbitrate financial family disputes, but not matters relating to children. The new Children Scheme will allow disputes concerning arrangements for a child and the exercise of parental responsibility to be resolved using arbitration, rather than the court system.
The benefits of arbitration are now well established in the area of financial disputes. One of the main advantages of arbitration is the speed with which disputes can be resolved. When children are at the centre of a dispute, resolving matters without delay will be desirable as a speedy resolution will often mean the least amount of disruption to a child’s life.
This new scheme should dramatically shorten the length of time it takes to resolve a dispute relating to children and will help to keep children matters out of court. Family Law Associates welcomes the introduction of arbitration for children matters and hopes the benefits of the process, already felt in the area of financial disputes, will perhaps be felt even more keenly when children are involved.