Supporting National Dispute Resolution Week

Family disputes can weigh heavily on your mind.

They are often very stressful, not only for those involved, but also for extended family and friends.

Finding help during such a difficult time is hard and many people don’t know which way to turn.

We’d like to offer our help.

What is National Dispute Resolution Week?

Resolution is an organisation of family lawyers and professionals committed to taking conflict out of family disputes.

Each year Resolution runs National Dispute Resolution Week, which this year runs from 25th to 29th November.

The campaign is held to raise awareness of non-confrontational methods of resolving family breakdown, such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

During the week Resolution members across the country will be carrying out activities to highlight Family Dispute Resolution.

We are getting involved by offering free half-hour appointments to discuss alternative dispute resolution methods.

Resolution without court proceedings

There are various options that are alternatives to going to Court.

Mediation and Collaborative Law enable you and your former partner to talk through your problems together. You can work out solutions with legal and professional support which are right for you and your family.

Collaborative Law is a relatively new process and applies similar principles as Family Mediation, except each party’s lawyer is there to assist in achieving a satisfactory outcome. Both lawyers help the couple work together through their issues to find a solution in a collaborative rather than a confrontational manner.

Since April 2013, mediation is the favoured process of the government to resolve Family Law disputes. Although not every case is suitable for mediation, the aim is to resolve differences in a non-confrontational manner and to reach a mutual agreement.

Arbitration is a process in which you place the decision making in the hands of an Arbitrator. They are the equivalent of a Judge, but you don’t need to issue Court proceedings.

There are some key advantages of these methods of Dispute Resolution such as:

• Mediation and Collaborative Law are usually quicker and more cost effective than the Court process

• Mediation and Collaborative Law involve the clients focusing on their family’s interests and produce mutually agreed outcomes rather than those imposed by the Courts

• Family Arbitration is a quicker alternative to achieving a decision regarding finances and/or children than the Court process and can be used to deal with any one issue at any time

Advice from Wallace Robinson & Morgan

Kathryn Ferris, Head of the Family Law department at Wallace Robinson and Morgan said,: “We have been successfully offering the benefits of the Collaborative Law approach to our clients for three years.

We have seen the positive influence Collaborative Law can have on the divorce process and related negotiations.

Collaborative Law encourages communication and where people are able to talk they are more likely to reach agreements that they are both happy with.

We are therefore delighted that we can offer this service to our clients.”

Free advice

If you would like more information about the different methods of dispute resolution please contact Kathryn Ferris, Sharn Nijjar or Alison Willis, the Family Law solicitors at Wallace Robinson & Morgan in Solihull.

We are offering a FREE advice session during National Family Dispute Resolution Week.

Contact us on 0121 705 7571 or email

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