Children Arbitration

Dispute about Children? We can help

Children Arbitration Brighton & Hove

When you have a dispute with someone about the arrangements for your children it can help to ask a qualified independent third party to make a decision for you and resolve the dispute in that way. Arbitration is like a private court available at a time and place in the Brighton and Hove area to suit you.

That is what we are here to do for disputes between parents or between wider family members about their children in Brighton and Hove and throughout Sussex. Whilst going to the family court in Brighton, arbitration is like going to court in that you set out your case in the same way and a high quality written judgment will be provided to you.

That decision is intended to be final and binding. The difference in coming to us is that it is much quicker, less stressful and probably a lot less expensive.

You choose the hearing dates and the arbitrator (judge). The arbitration hearings themselves are far less formal and intimidating than those in the Family Court. One of the main reasons for coming to Hampton Family Arbitration is that our fees are transparent and fixed - you always know how much you will have to pay to us before the process begins and there is no risk, as can happen in court proceedings, that those costs spiral out of control

The other thing that makes us different from other firms is that we are friendly and approachable, and available to you at evenings and weekends to fit in with your schedule at a venue convenient to you. We are able to conduct your children arbitration in Brighton and Hove.

Who are our Arbitrators?

Julie Stather MCIArb

She is a Member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators. You can find out more about her by going to Our Arbitrators page.

What we can’t do yet

Arbitration is expanding all the time, but things that we can’t do yet include cases with an international element, life-threatening medical treatment cases, cases where a party lacks capacity under the Mental Health Act 2005, cases where a parent is under the age of 18 years, cases where the child in the case has or should have his or her own solicitor, the making of injunctions and applications to commit someone to prison. Much as we would like to see the children that we are making decisions about, the rules don’t allow us to meet them.

Would you like more information?

Whether you are a lawyer or member of the public, if you would like to find out more or wish to appoint one of our Arbitrators, please contact us by emailing us at

Other links for information - The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators - IFLA Administration - Financial Arbitrators

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