Geldards is one of few firms in the UK with qualified Family Arbitrators, who offer this form of dispute resolution that is a quicker, less expensive and more flexible option than going through the courts.
What Is Arbitration?
Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution. In 2012, the Institute of Family Arbitrators (IFLA) launched a scheme to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The parties enter into an agreement under which they appoint a suitably qualified person (an arbitrator) to adjudicate a dispute and make a legally binding award.
What Does It Cover?
The family arbitration scheme includes: financial disputes arising from divorce; financial claims made in England and Wales after a divorce abroad; claims for financial provision for children between unmarried parents; disputes about ownership of a property between cohabiting couples; and, civil partnership financial claims. Disputes will be resolved exclusively by applying the laws of England and Wales, in the same way as the Family Courts.
The scheme was developed to enable parties to resolve financial disputes more quickly, cheaply and in a more flexible and less formal setting than a court room. Divorcing and separating couples agree to appoint their own arbitrator. As a result, there is less reliance on court resources and reduced pressure on the already stretched family courts.
Our senior Family specialist Fiona Apthorpe was one of the first lawyers in the Midlands to qualify as a family arbitrator. Since the scheme was first developed, Fiona has been able to help many families reach agreement about their property and finances after the end of their relationship, without needing to go to Court.