What is Arbitration and When Can I Use it?

March 26, 2016 – at 12:05 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Arbitration is a process (other than the judicial process) in which parties to a dispute present arguments and evidence to an arbitrator, who makes a determination to resolve the dispute.

Simply put, two parties can elect an arbitrator to represent them and negotiate an outcome on their behalf. Entering arbitration must be a consensual by both parties. You cannot force someone to undergo arbitration.

Arbitration may be either binding on non-binding in nature. In a binding arbitration, both parties must accept the outcome and usually won’t be able to contest it in court.

Arbitration is related to conciliation and mediation as an alternative way to settle proceedings without having to go through the time and expense of a trial. It is recommended to preclude such methods of alternative dispute resolution before considering going to trial.

There are a variety of family law matters that may be dealt with in arbitration. If you are wondering if arbitration is right for you, or require information on any other family law matters, we invite you to discuss your particular situation with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who is a qualified arbitrator and very experienced in family law.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email, fax or similar, outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek specific family law advice. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding dispute settlement methods.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker at info@bodekers.com.au now for your complimentary pre-read and your first appointment at a reduced rate.