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'The new children arbitration scheme will enable couples to resolve disputes concerning parental responsibility of children more quickly, cheaply and in a more flexible, less formal setting than a court room. It will also guarantee confidentiality where that is required or necessary. These are all important ingredients to minimising conflict and supporting the best interests of children.Tom Cadman, Director of Governance and Legal Services at CIArb, added:
'At a time when our courts are under significant pressures, the availability of arbitration for children matters builds on the long and proud tradition arbitration has in other areas, and gives parents and practitioners another tool with which to resolve family disputes'.
'The new scheme will have a vast impact on the arbitration landscape as we know it and CIArb's training will ensure that arbitrators are trained to the highest professional standards before engaging in arbitrations under the scheme'.Nigel Shepherd, family arbitrator and Chair of Resolution, said:
'Resolution is committed to helping separating families find the best approach to resolving issues. Since its launch, arbitration has provided couples with a speedy, flexible and cost-effective way to sort their finances where they cannot reach agreement. I'm delighted that this new scheme has been established to extend these benefits to those families needing a decision on the arrangements for their children'.James Roberts, Treasurer of the FLBA, board member of IFLA and arbitrator, said:
'The extension of the financial arbitration scheme, which is already successful, to deal with issues surrounding children will give parties the ability to use arbitration to resolve all of their family issues in circumstances where they cannot reach an agreement.
'The IFLA scheme of arbitration provides a valuable and tailor-made solution in times of increasing pressure upon the court system. Choice of arbitrator, continuity of tribunal, confidentiality and speed of decision-making are the hallmarks of the financial scheme, and it's great that all are now available now in children disputes too'.
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