Family arbitration received a somewhat mixed reception when it was launched in February. This was at least in part due to a lack of understanding as to the status of arbitration in a family law context, and as to the exact procedures involved. For this reason, I thought it would be useful to publicise a new resource for information on the subject.
Family Arbitrator is a group of (at present) three qualified family arbitrators, comprising former High Court judge Sir Peter Singer and barristers Gavin Smith and Rhys Taylor. Obviously, Family Arbitrator was established to market their arbitration services, but it also "aims to promote informed understanding of family arbitration principles and to encourage the use of family arbitration as a form of private dispute resolution in finance-related family cases". To this end, their website includes several useful resources that are not available on the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) site.
Those resources include:
- An overview of family arbitration;
- A 20 step guide to family arbitration, summarising the procedure;
- The latest IFLA rules for family arbitration, complete with annotations provided by Family Arbitrator; and
- An introduction to the Arbitration Act 1996, with particular reference to family arbitration.
All in all, a very useful first point of call for anyone seeking information on family arbitration.