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Dispute Resolution

First, give some thought to where you and your spouse/partner may be on an emotional level. Our team of family solicitors can advise you on the most appropriate method and course of action to resolve family disputes.

What are the options available to discuss and resolve matters with my spouse/partner?

First, give some thought to where you and your spouse/partner may be on an emotional level. Our team of family solicitors can advise you on the most appropriate method and course of action to resolve family disputes.

We believe in advising you on all of your options – and there are more than you might think when it comes to avoiding the traditional court process.

In this short video, family solicitor and collaborative lawyer Alan Larkin sets out some of the options:

The Stages of Grief

There are various stages of grief:- Shock and denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. Take a moment and give some thought to where you are at this point in time. Now try and think which stage your spouse/partner is experiencing. How long has it taken you to work through the stages you can identify with. The process can take two years and more.

Your spouse/partner is unlikely to be at the same point in the process as you and you will need to take this into account. This may put into perspective questions that are often asked e.g. why aren’t they moving on? why don’t they want to talk and settle matters?

The Seven Levels of Separation

In essence we experience seven levels of separation:-

Emotional
Physical and practical
Legal
Financial
Parenting
Social/wider family
Inner/spiritual

So assuming both you and your spouse/partner are able to start thinking about longer-term solutions what are the options?

Kitchen table – discussing with your spouse/partner the way forward. You may need to both find legal advice to establish whether what you have discussed is reasonable and/or to put in place what has been agreed;

Mediation –  a Mediator can facilitate discussions between you and your spouse/partner. They will then provide a written record of the discussion, what information you both provided, and what you agreed to put in place (agreements reached within mediation are not legally binding unless and until approved by the court). The process can help to ensure the discussions are more structured and focused. You may need advice on the terms agreed and the implementation of the order;

Collaborative Law – through a series of meetings with your Collaborative Lawyers you can both establish what you are looking to achieve. Discussions take place in an open way and everyone involved looks at ways of achieving what you both want. You control the process, the agenda etc, and do so against a positive commitment not to go to court. This may help your longer-term relationship. Third parties can be brought in to assist the discussions;

Co-operative – correspondence/possibly round table meetings with lawyers leading to terms being agreed;

Court-based –  i.e. the use of the court process (albeit trying to reach an agreement without the cost of all the hearings).

Do you feel you and your partner could work together, rather than against one another, to consider the options and try and
find workable solutions to resolve a family dispute? Our team of family solicitors will discuss all the options with you,
what we feel would best suit your requirements and the circumstances of your case. We will discuss what the alternatives are
likely to cost so you can make an informed decision.

If you would like an appointment with one of our specialists in Brighton, London, Horsham, Essex, North Hampshire & Surrey or South/Mid Hampshire then please contact us on 0330 055 2234.

You have more choices than you might think

We are committed to advising you of all the options available to you, and (unlike other family lawyers) will support you with solutions that avoid the traditional court process.

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