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The new children 
arbitration scheme

7 September 2016

James Pirrie analyses the advantages of the scheme as a flexible and cost-effective alternative to court proceedings

Non-court alternatives have proliferated for financial cases (private financial dispute resolution, early neutral evaluation, collaborative law, mediation, and, since February 2012, arbitration). On 19 July 2016, family lawyers saw the options for their clients increase radically with the launch
of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators' children scheme.

There has been strong judicial support for arbitration in the family law context, including statements made by the president of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, in S v S (Financial Remedies: Arbitral Award) [2014] EWHC 7 (Fam).

Standard arbitration orders have been developed which have the approval of the president, who in November 2015 also issued guidance to further promote harmony between the judicial and
arbitral systems.The children ar...

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