This decision-maker is called an Arbitrator. In the State of Washington, with one exception,
an Arbitrator can make decisions on all issues related to a conflict. The only exception relates
to decisions relating to non-financial child-related issues. While the Arbitrator can make
binding decisions on all other issues that have limited options for court review, an Arbitrator’s
decision on parenting plan issues is not binding. The law in the State of Washington is that
only the courts have jurisdiction to decide parenting issues. As a result, while an Arbitrator
can decide a parenting issue, either party is free to seek review of that decision with the
Superior Court in which the case is being heard.