Where is Arbitration held?
The location of the arbitration is typically flexible and determined by the parties and the arbitrator. Factors that may influence the choice of location include the location of the parties, the location of the arbitrator, and the availability of facilities.
Family law arbitrations can occur in a variety of settings, such as:
- Law firms - often, family law arbitrators are practicing family lawyers or retired judges, which enables them to host arbitration hearings within their law firm's premises, usually in a conference room or a private location provided by a party's lawyer.
- Remote settings - technological advances have made it possible to hold arbitrations remotely via phone or video conference, offering a convenient option for parties based in rural locations or wishing to avoid the commute.
- Court facilities - certain courts offer arbitration programs that come with facilities and support for the arbitration process.
Regardless of the chosen venue, it should be neutral and accessible to all parties. It should also meet the required prerequisites for holding an arbitration, such as ensuring privacy, security, and providing necessary technology.