Arbitration For Family Law

What Is Arbitration For Family Law?

Family Arbitration is a process where the parties in dispute agree to retain a Family Arbitrator (a private adjudicator trained specifically to hear and determine Family Law disputes in Ontario) to hear their evidence and submissions in a private hearing.

The parties are then bound by the decision (Award) of the Family Arbitrator. In essence, the parties retain experienced, senior counsel to be the judge who will hear their case in private.

The hearing, documents, evidence and Award by the Family Arbitrator are confidential.

Why Choose Family Arbitration?

Parties who choose this process usually prefer to have the details of their matter and their financial affairs dealt with privately and confidentially instead of in the public court process.

Independant Legal Advice

Under existing legislation, each party must each obtain independent legal advice from their respective lawyers before starting the arbitration process.

It is recommended that the parties have legal counsel when setting up the arbitration process and to represent them at the arbitration hearing.

When the dispute is a “secondary dispute”, that is, where a separation agreement or court order already deals with the issue in dispute, independent legal advice may not be required.

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3300 Highway 7 West, Suite 210
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 4M3
Telephone: 416 987 3300

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Bortolussi Family Law is located in Vaughan, Ontario and serves the Greater Toronto Area including Woodbridge, Concord, Maple, Kleinburg, Thornhill,  Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Bolton, Nobleton, Newmarket, Oxford, Orangeville, Aurora, North York, Etobicoke, Caledon, Whitchurch-Stouffville, King City, Schomberg, Mississauga, Oakville, Streetsville and Toronto.