When a couple cannot resolve one or more issues through negotiations or mediation, they may appoint a qualified Arbitrator to make decisions for them. An Arbitrator operates under the Arbitration Act of Alberta. He or she is effectively your private judge and will make decisions based on the merits of the case.

What can an Arbitrator Do?
An Arbitrator can make virtually the same decisions as a Judge. The Arbitrator’s decision or “Award” becomes a Court Order.

One of the main advantages of Arbitration is that you are able to have more influence over who will make these important decisions. Although judges are often skilled and have extensive experience, many have no specialized experience in the family law world. With the help of your lawyer, you can choose an Arbitrator with many years of experience in family law.