I am a Registered Arbitrator (Family Law) and member of the Legal Aid Queensland Arbitration panel
Arbitration is a process where parties (whether married or not) appoint an agreed independent Arbitrator to make a decision about the property settlement/financial issues in dispute. The Arbitrator will consider the issues (either by reviewing the written documents provided by the parties or after cross examination of witnesses and oral submissions) and deliver an award (a decision) which can be registered with the court.
In recent years have been invited by the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM) to train experienced solicitors, senior barristers and retired judges in how to be Arbitrators.
In 2017 I also devised and presented successful trainings with both AIFLAM and LawAustralasia for practitioners keen to learn how to master this dispute resolution process.
Unlike a court trial, the parties have significant input into how the arbitration will be conducted, where it will take place and which issues will be canvassed. Currently, it is not possible to arbitrate family law parenting matters.