On 23 February 2012 plans to introduce private divorce courts will be announced.  Although arbitration in family matters is not excluded from being dealt with in terms of the Arbitration Act 1996, it has not in practice been possible for family disputes to be subject to binding arbitration in England until now.  It is now possible for the parties to any financial or property dispute to agree to arbitration rather than use of the court process.  Unlike other forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration leads to an outcome which is binding on the parties.