One of the developing areas of family law is arbitration. It is an alternative form of dispute resolution where the parties enter into an agreement within which they appointment an Arbitrator to adjudicate their dispute. It is a further direct alternative to Court proceedings.
Until recently awards made in arbitration have rarely been enforceable before the Court but recent case law has altered this and there is encouragement from the President of the Family Division to promote this as an alternative means of resolving disputes outside the Court process. The recent introduction of the Children Arbitration Scheme in July 2016 is set to widen and encourage decisions outside the Court process.