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Arbitration and Family Laws: Muslim Women Campaign to Eliminate the Use of Religious Laws in Legally-Binding Arbitration

The Arbitration Act in Ontario and similar legislation in other provincial jurisdictions, with the exception of Quebec, allowed for religious laws to be applied in settling family disputes. Under the Arbitration Act, a faith-based, privately-arbitrated decision was legally binding. While the right of appeal existed, it was almost impossible to exercise it without incurring tremendous personal and financial hardship.