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If you are experiencing a relationship breakdown and there is lots to sort out then, like many other people, you may be keen to avoid court.

There are good reasons to try to avoid court where possible. Court-led litigation is often expensive, drawn out and uncertain. It can also fuel conflict, which can have a damaging impact on you, your ex-partner and the wider family. Taking early advice about the alternatives to court can help avoid such issues.

If you have children, we understand that a major concern for you is likely to be managing and mitigating the fall-out for them and supporting them with their changing world. A good first step with this is to actively choose an alternative to court as a way to resolve matters with your ex. Staying out of court often promotes a more conciliatory and constructive approach, which directly benefits children

Alternatives to court

We are committed to helping you to avoid court wherever possible and while in some circumstances it may be unavoidable, we will always consider what alternatives there are first. While there may not be a good way to divorce or separate there are certainly ways of doing so that are better for you and your family than a contested court process.

We passionately believe that as well as reliable legal advice and guidance on what you need to address, it is vitally important that you carefully consider the options that you have on how to address issues. Choosing the best process for you and your family will result in dealing with matters in the most cost-effective and timely manner. It can also help protect your family and lead to better outcomes as you navigate your way towards the future.

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There are a wide range of alternatives to court that can be considered, all of which we have experience supporting, including:

  • DIY
  • Solicitor led negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative law / round table meetings
  • Arbitration
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Private financial dispute resolution appointments

Our approach

We appreciate that being faced with these options can be daunting. We can explain all the options to you in detail and ensure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. There is no one-size fits all approach. We recognise that every relationship breakdown is different and it therefore requires a tailored approach to achieve the best outcomes.

We will take the time to understand you and your circumstances so that we can help you choose the right way forward for you and your family. We can work flexibly and in an agile manner to suit your needs. Whichever route you decide to take, we have the experience and expertise to advise and support you through every step.

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