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Arbitration is gaining popularity as a means of resolving family disputes. Clients opting for arbitration can design a personalized dispute-resolution process from start to finish. You choose the person who will act as the judge, a senior family lawyer who has qualified as an arbitrator.

With the help of the arbitrator and your lawyers, you determine the rules that will be followed, how the evidence will be presented, whether there will be expert evidence, and time lines for submissions. You can have your dispute dealt with in a way that meets your individual requirements, with as much or as little formality as you want. High profile clients may prefer arbitration, as no public records are kept and personal information is not available to the public.

People who are concerned with a timely result may also find arbitration appropriate. Following the arbitration, the arbitrator makes a binding decision.

Carla is a Law Society certified family law arbitrator.