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Alternatives to Court
If at all possible, following the breakdown of a relationship, it’s advisable to consider alternative methods of dispute resolution in order to avoid the need for litigation and a Court procedure. The principal benefit of doing this is that you maintain an element of control over decisions that are made. If Court action is required, then this responsibility will pass to a Judge. This is only desirable when there is no room for agreement between the parties involved.
There are two main alternative dispute resolution methods available:
Our Family team comprises lawyers who are trained to assist with both of these routes.
Collaborative processes are those that seek to resolve any issues between you and your partner without the need to resort to court action. With the guidance of your respective lawyers, the emphasis is placed on finding solutions that work for everyone involved, based on agreement.
By comparison, mediation provides a safe and open forum where you can discuss your objectives, individually and together, before coming to a resolution.
It is an entirely voluntary process. You are initially seen separately prior to a series of joint sessions aimed at reaching agreements on key issues, including Child Arrangements, distribution of property and pensions, and allocation of maintenance.