Arbitration is a method of resolving a dispute where the parties hire a trained arbitrator to act as a judge and make binding decisions about issues in their case. This offers a structured process and results in a binding decision that is possible to challenge only in limited circumstances. Agreements to arbitrate can be made prior to, during, or after the marriage and are binding and enforceable. Arbitration grants the parties privacy, flexibility and speed in scheduling hearings and having matters resolved. It allows the parties to choose the decision maker and may be more economical than proceeding to trial.