Arbitration provides an alternative to the court process when dealing with financial or children issues upon divorce or separation.
An arbitrator is often an experienced barrister or solicitor who has undertaken training as an arbitrator. He or she is appointed to make a decision that will be final and binding upon the parties in relation to the issue or issues in dispute.
Private FDRs and ENEs ("early neutral evaluation) are out of court, private hearings, at which a judge/evaluator gives a view on the likely outcome of the case to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. The judge/evaluator is privately appointed by the parties. Their view is not binding, however these private hearings can be highly effective in enabling people to reach an early settlement.