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What is arbitration?

Arbitration is a way of resolving disputes while staying out of court, it is essentially a private court where legally binding decisions can be made.

Arbitration in Family Law can resolve disputes including:

  • Financial Matters – property, pensions, maintenance and financial provision for children
  • Children Matters – childcare arrangements, where they should live, frequency and length of contact and general upbringing decisions

By using Arbitration it is possible to retain more control over the process and it can be a flexible, more cost effective route. As the Court system becomes increasingly overused it can be quicker to reach a resolution through Arbitration. In addition, the hearings are private and take place at a convenient date, time and place for all parties; we have comfortable offices in Newcastle city centre and South Shields.

Arbitration is a fairly new area of English Law in use since 2012. At David Gray Solicitors we have two qualified Arbitrators – Elspeth Thomson (Children) and Lucy Mead (Finance) who are members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Contact

This leaflet from the Forum of Family Arbitrators provides useful background information. If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment please contact Louise Law on 0191 243 8163.

The David Gray Arbitration Team

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