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The routes to resolution of family issues


 Alternative Dispute Resolution, financial need, Matrimonial property CPRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS – A PRACTICAL GUIDE ohabitee disputes, Property rights and separation, Divorce Solicitor, Family and Relationships Legal Advisors Christchurch Rob Price, Family Law solicitors, Divorce lawyer, Matrimonial finances and divorceThere are various steps that you can take within a range of options available in the legal system to ensure that your agreement remains amicable and results in a fair, proportionate outcome for you both and for any children.


Family arrangements often need careful planning involving legal professionals to keep them within the scope of the law and to prevent further dispute down the line.


These arrangements can involve those from the beginning of a marriage or cohabitation to achieve a cohabiting agreement or pre-nuptial agreement about money and assets, to the end of a marriage when matters relating to fair division of accumulated property between you.


They equally apply to the crucial ongoing welfare of your children and how that welfare can be best served by you as separated parents.


Before you reach court to get the law behind your individual proposals for settlement or indeed an existing tentative agreement, it is likely that you will need professionals to guide you through before you take the final last resort step of going to court.



The court process is fundamentally important to help manage and resolve outstanding issues that cannot be quickly resolved by agreement.


However, before you take that court route which can be complex, time-consuming and expensive, there may be a much more appropriate way for you both to resolve any disagreements that you have for your individual futures and for those of your children.


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) may be that appropriate route to take. It is not new, but neither is it publicised enough. The government and the courts are currently consulting with the legal profession to make sure it is. The intention is to make sure that you are aware of alternative options to court to resolve any dispute between you.




You are required to consider trying to resolve your issues with the help of attend an independent mediator, who will check whether it is appropriate for to you to talk things through together rather than argue about it in court. You might be eligible for public funding (‘legal aid’) or a government backed voucher scheme to the value of up to £500, to help with the costs of mediation.


Collaborative style approach

Collaboratively trained lawyers help you engage around a table together in an open attempt to resolve your family issues without stepping foot in court. They can also involve other non-legal professionals such as a financial or family consultants, because the solution is often more complex than just ‘the law’.


Private dispute resolution appointments

These can be arranged where the court service of dispute resolution is substituted for a private appointment arranged by agreement between you. This gives you an opportunity to agree to convene a private appointment with an experienced neutral barrister who can either provide a legally binding adjudicate on your legal issue (arbitration) or give you an non-binding judicial style indication to help you towards reaching your own agreement.


Court dispute resolution appointments

A court managed process remains available to you. However, this does not mean that you are going to face a dogged dispute right to the bitter end. The will judges in court will still try to help you reach an agreement, but if you cannot agree then a decision will be imposed on you both at a Final Hearing.


We cannot emphasise enough the importance of consulting a specialist family lawyer to explore all these options. We can help you channel your thought process towards a resolution of issues that are undoubtedly very sensitive and require the utmost care from us.


We cannot emphasise enough the importance of consulting a specialist family lawyer to explore all these options, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Our team can guide you through these processes, helping you steer your thought process towards a resolution of issues that are undoubtedly very sensitive and require the utmost care from us. Do not hesitate to call us.  Your fresh start awaits.



To understand your options a FREE initial 30-minute no-obligation appointment is available. This enables you to discuss your situation and concerns with one of the family solicitors or lawyers who are then able to provide you with several overviews of the process. This provides you with the opportunity to raise your concerns and answer any questions or worries you may have.