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29th July 2016


Child Arrangements and Arbitration

On the 18th July 2016 The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) launched the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme (‘the Children Scheme’), which allows parents to jointly select a qualified arbitrator to make a decision concerning the arrangements for a child where they are unable to agree and do not wish to issue court proceedings.

Since its launch in 2012, family law arbitration has been available to deal with financial matters.  The new scheme now offers the opportunity to resolve disputes concerning the exercise of parental responsibility and other private law issues about the welfare of children by arbitration.

This form of arbitration will cover issues relating to where children should live, how much time they should spend with each parent and relocation in England and Wales.  The scheme has been developed by a multi-disciplinary team of leading Family Lawyers.

More information about the scheme is available at

If you are experiencing difficulties with child arrangements following separation, then do not hesitate to speak with someone in our Family Department by contacting Robert Green, Lachlan Donaldson, Salena Mangaroo or Lucy de Vincent-Humphreys who would be happy to help.





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