The vast majority of cases are settled without a judge having to make a decision. Reaching agreement out of court has a far higher rate of success and is much more attractive than a judge imposing a decision which, in all likelihood, neither party is happy with. In addition, reaching agreement out of court generally takes much less time and money than the pursuit of a court-based approach. Out of court methods can also help to avoid rifts developing between the parties involved due to direct communication, with both sides working through the issues together. It can also benefit future communication and relationships, which is important for all family members – especially any children involved.

There are currently three options as an alternative to a lengthy time in court:

  • Mediation

    An impartial third party helps the two parties find a way to reach an agreement, which will then be drawn into a formal agreement by your solicitor.

    Read more about mediation here.

  • Collaborative Law

    Similar to mediation, however, each party involved has their own solicitor present to help with legal advice.

    Read more about collaborative law here.

  • Arbitration

    A lawyer will make a final decision on your behalf, on financial matters or child arrangements which the court adheres to.

    Read more about arbitration here.

Stowe Family Law offers all of these out of court options at every office.  Specially trained lawyers regularly travel from other office locations to support when necessary.

If you have any further questions about out of court settlements, our solicitors would be happy to help. Stowe Family Law has offices across the country and we can help you to find the right specialist, closest to you.

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