are sufficient to explain why the arbitrator preferred one offer
over the other and for the purpose of appellate review. As a
result, I conclude that they are sufficient to meet their required
Inability to contract out of the requirements of the law.
 The respondent submits that having agreed to the process, the appellant cannot now claim that the process was faulty.
The appellant’s position is that the parties cannot agree to an
arbitration process that is contrary to the law.
 Given my conclusion that the process was not contrary
to the law, there is no need to consider whether the appellant’s
agreement to the process precludes him from challenging the
process on appeal.
Summary and Conclusion
 Family law arbitrations are governed by the provisions
of the Family Law Act and the Arbitration Act.
 Family law arbitrations are not required to mirror the
court process. In choosing the arbitration route over the court
process, the parties chose a process which they hoped would be
speedier and less expensive. After initially agreeing to the final
selection process, the appellant confirmed his support for the
process and refused to alter the process when given the opportunity to do so.
 The process complied with the minimum requirements
applicable to family law arbitrations: the parties were treated
equally and fairly; each party was given an opportunity to present his or her case and to respond to the other party’s case; and
the arbitrator applied the law of Ontario and Canada, and no
 There is no evidence of unfairness, inequality of bargaining power or duress. Each party was represented by legal
 The arbitrator’s reasons were adequate: the arbitrator
explained why he reached his decision, and the reasons were
sufficient for the purpose of appeal.
 In these circumstances, I cannot conclude that the process was contrary to law, nor can I conclude that the arbitrator
committed an error of law.
 The appeal is therefore dismissed.
 I would encourage the parties to resolve the matter
of costs. If they are unable to do so, the respondent may provide written costs submissions within 14 days. The appellant