Alexandre Kaufman is a senior counsel with the Department of Justice in Ottawa, and has a civil litigation practice focused on administrative law and commercial disputes. He is the co-author of the Annotated Arbitration Act, 1991 and Annotated Ontario Arbitration Legislation and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law.
Family law disputes reap many benefits from arbitration. Whether the dispute centres on property, support, custody or access, the most intimate and personal details of the parties’ lives are exposed. It is also difficult to move on with life if one’s case is tied up in court proceedings for years.