The rules of the arbitration scheme is expanded today to cover the relocation of children to certain countries. Another important expansion is that in any arbitration case about children, the safeguarding checks can now be obtained via the English service as an alternative to Disclosure Scotland.
There is a new ARB1CS and, of course, the new rules – 4th Edition.
What does this mean for families? It means that if one parent wants to remove a child temporarily for, say, a holiday or break and the other parent will not allow it, the issue can be resolved quickly, in confidence, using whatever method the parents want via an arbitrator. For those parents seeking to permanently remove, again, this can be dealt with via an arbitrator. The main benefit is one of speed and efficiency in such cases.
As those who read my articles know, I am an arbitrator and Vice – Chair of the Forum of Family Arbitrators, which is the link of the voices of arbitrators to IFLA and CIArb. I see this as a really positive move for families.
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