Going to court is not always the best route when it comes to resolving disputes, especially when they relate to family matters. Court proceedings can increase animosity and lead to greater stress and increased costs. Whilst sometimes this is unavoidable, there are other ways to resolve disputes.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be quicker, cheaper and reduce the level of ill-feeling between the parties. It may also lead to more creative solutions than the fairly limited options available to a court. This can be particularly attractive when children are involved. One of the most popular and most effective alternative dispute resolution routes is family mediation.
About Family Mediation
Family mediation is designed to be a constructive, less conflict-driven way of resolving family disputes. With the assistance of a trained mediator, parties in family disputes are helped to reach solutions that are acceptable to all involved. When couples separate or divorce, mediation can be used to resolve a wide range of disputes including financial settlements and childcare arrangements.
The parties involved agree to meet in a neutral setting together with a trained mediator for a number of sessions to discuss their dispute with a view to reaching an agreed settlement. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator can draw up a document which can be used as the basis for a binding legal agreement. While not all disputes can be resolved through mediation, in many cases it can provide a better, cheaper and speedier conclusion than through the courts. Most couples are advised to try mediation before taking matters to court.
As a barrister specialising in all aspect of family law I can support my client’s through out their mediations by offering expert legal support and advice and where necessary drafting the orders essential to convert a mediated agreement to a legally binding court order.
For expert advice on family mediation, please contact me today on 07577 552908 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org