A process in which parties present evidence, arguments and proposed solutions to a neutral third party (the arbitrator), who has the power to make a binding decision.

Needless to say, this process may be more appropriate for property matters, spousal support and child maintenance (child support) issues. However, it is open for parents to make private arrangements for the custody, guardianship and access for a child but such agreements, or arbitration of the same, will not bind a court.

Arbitration is used by persons who wish to keep their matters private on religious grounds or other reasons.

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