Frequently Asked Questions about Family Arbitration Reports Submitted to the Ministry

  • How many reports have been received since the new reporting requirement came into effect on April 30, 2007?

    For the 2007 year, 14 arbitration reports were submitted. For 2008, there were 43 arbitration reports submitted. For 2009 there were 29 reports submitted. As of May 31, 2010, 2 reports have been submitted for 2010. In total, 88 reports have been received.

  • How many family arbitrators have submitted reports?

    As of May 31, 2010, 28 family arbitrators have submitted reports.

  • What issues are most commonly arbitrated?

    The reported arbitration awards cover a range of common family law issues, including support, custody/access, sale/possession of a matrimonial home and property division. Less common issues that were arbitrated include life insurance requirements, trusts claims, advances on equalization payments and damages.

  • Are the arbitration awards usually final or interim?

    The majority of the arbitration awards appear to be final, although many are subject to periodic review. Only a minority of the reports indicate that the award is interim.

  • What is the normal length of an arbitration hearing?

    Hearing times for the arbitrations ranged from none (if the award was decided based on submissions only) to 15 days. The average hearing length is 3 days.