Family lawyers must embrace this fairer, more flexible and potentially cheaper option, says Marilyn Stowe

Family law arbitration has been a hotly debated topic recently, encountering both praise and opposition since it was announced. Run by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA), family law groups and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), arbitration enables couples to resolve financial disputes out of court by appointing an experienced legal specialist trained to arbitrate under the scheme.

Already employed successfully to resolve commercial disputes, I believe the process is attracting attention because it offers a real, workable alternative to court for divorcing couples.

We all know the pressure an already overburdened judiciary is working under and the delays in every court across the country. It’s not lon...

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