Family Arbitration

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These pages on family arbitration include specific information both for arbitrators and for the general public about the operation of the law and practice of family arbitration in Ontario as they affect people who are engaged in family disputes and as they affect arbitrators of family disputes.

In 2006, the Ontario legislature passed the Family Statute Law Amendment Act . Under this legislation, family arbitrations based on non-Canadian law and principles—including religious principles—will have no legal effect and will not be enforceable by the courts.

The statute and a new regulation under the Arbitration Act, 1991, came into force on April 30, 2007.

The regulation requires a family arbitrator to complete training as set out on this website. This training must be undertaken by April 30, 2008, or before an arbitrator conducts a family arbitration after that date.

The regulation also requires a family arbitrator to submit information on his or her arbitrations to the Ministry on a form provided by the Ministry. The form will also appear on this website.