The International Family Law Arbitration Scheme

Resolving forum disputes in family law cases with an arbitrator from a neutral country.

A divorcing couple that has to litigate the consequences of the marital breakdown is not blessed.
The couple that first litigates where to litigate might be said to be cursed.
In reality it is a curse restricted to the rich. Only they can afford such folly.

- Thorpe LJ of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in Wermuth (2003)

What we do

International families have connections with two or more countries around the world. When there are relationship difficulties and it is necessary to engage in court proceedings, a dispute can arise as to which country’s courts or legal system should handle it.  Too often, people find themselves involved in a long and expensive preliminary dispute about this issue.

The International Family Law Arbitration Scheme provides a sensible, quick and fair way to determine where family law proceedings should occur. By agreement, the arbitrator can determine the country with which the former couple have the closest connection. The family law dispute can then be resolved under the laws of that country.

Unlike disputes in the courts in many countries, arbitration is entirely confidential and so it is a way in which people can maintain privacy about their marital or relationship difficulties.

Why choose IFLAS?