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The multiple benefits of arbitration outweigh by far the additional costs

Hiring an arbitrator to deal with family disputes is a strategic 
move which puts the client first, says Tony Roe

25 November 2013

"Dispute resolution 
is not alternative anymore", was the message that came out of the family law solicitors' association Resolution's DR Conference earlier this autumn.

Among the wares on display was the newest form of family dispute resolution, arbitration. Cynics may say that they have seen shiny new tools appear in family law land on many occasions, mediation and collaborative law, for example, which my firm and many others already offer. So why should family law arbitration be anything special?

The scheme, introduced only some eighteen months ago, covers a variety of family financial disputes including those arising from divorce, disputes about ownership of 
a property between cohabiting couples and civil partnership financial claims.

The parties enter into an agreement under which they appoint an arbitrator to adjudicate disputes and 
make awards.

Private process

Arbitration ha...

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