Alternatives to court

Most people going through a divorce or separation would rather avoid having to go to court if possible.

If you are thinking about divorcing or separating from your partner you will have lots of questions about the legal process and about your rights.

Many Resolution lawyers offer a free or fixed fee initial meeting to discuss your individual situation, how they can help you and which processes are right for you and your family.

Most of all, they will do everything they can to help you reach a fair outcome as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

What is mediation?

Mediators are trained to help resolve disputes over all issues faced by separating couples, or specific issues such as arrangements for any children. A mediator will meet with you and your partner together and will identify those issues you can’t agree on and help you to try and reach agreement.

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What is the collaborative process?

Under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.

You and your lawyers sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve the issues without going to court and prevents them from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down. That means all are absolutely committed to finding the best solutions by agreement, rather than through court proceedings.

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What is arbitration?

In family arbitration you and your partner appoint an arbitrator, who will make a decision that will be final and binding between the parties, on any financial and property disputes or some child-related issues arising from family relationships.

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