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It’s Good Divorce Week this week (29 November – 3 December) and we are supporting Resolution with promoting the practical and constructive ways in which separating and divorcing couples can reach an agreement.

FM Family Law are keen advocates of the Resolution and Good Divorce Week message.  We favour a non-confrontational approach and encourage finding a solution together. In every case, we provide clients with detailed information in respect of the full range of resolution options available to help them make informed decisions about the best way forward for them and their family.

We have summarised below some of the main resolution options which can avoid the need to go to court and are generally available to couples separating or divorcing:

Mediation

Mediation is a forum for discussing and resolving issues with your spouse/partner away from lawyers and away from court. The role of the Mediator is to facilitate and support your discussions, as well as help you explore various options. The Mediator does not give legal advice and their role is impartial and neutral.

At FM Family Law, we have 4 Resolution Family Mediators.

Negotiations between lawyers

Letters and emails are written setting out your respective proposals and negotiating towards an agreed settlement. Negotiations and discussions can also take place by way of face to face meetings, which you would also attend (known as a round table meeting).

Collaborative Law

This would involve meetings between you, your spouse/partner and collaboratively trained lawyers.  A Participation Agreement is signed by all confirming that everyone will work together for the benefit of each other and the whole family in order to reach an agreement. You agree formally not to involve the Court other than to endorse any agreement, when required.

You can find more information about the collaborative model at www.resolution.org.uk/collaborative

FM Family Law have 3 collaboratively trained lawyers who can assist.

Arbitration

An arbitrator is appointed make a decision for you if you and your spouse/partner cannot agree. You and your spouse/partner must have legal representation. The arbitrator hears arguments from both sides about your case before making a decision. The decision is binding. Settlement can be achieved in a less formal atmosphere such as court, and it can reduce delays and minimise costs.

You can find more information about arbitration at http://www.resolution.org.uk/arbitration/ and at http://ifla.org.uk

There are so many benefits to exploring alternative forms of dispute resolution for you and your family.

The team at FM Family Law would be happy to discuss the options available for reaching an amicable divorce or separation. To arrange an initial meeting with one of our lawyers please contact us on 01603 44333333 (Norwich) or 01223 355333 (Cambridge).