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Non-Court Dispute Resolution

Family law disagreements can often be unnecessarily expensive and stressful if they reach the courtroom. Non-Court Dispute Resolution (Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR) can reduce the time and cost for everyone and has other benefits such as increased privacy and the avoidance of protracted court proceedings. Family law is not all we do.



Mediation may be used to help people settle many different types of cases, including for example, divorces and other family disputes, disputes among colleagues in the workplace, and contract disputes. In family mediations, parties have a chance to share their views in a safe environment and to constructively discuss important issues such as communication, separation, child custody, support and visitation, alimony, debt, division of property and other family matters. This guide provides parties in family disputes with information to help them prepare for mediation so that the mediation process will be as productive as possible

Before you start meditating, you might want to discuss the issues listed below with someone you trust who may be able to advise you. You should consider getting advice from a lawyer if the case involves legal issues, there is a lot of money or property at stake, or you want a legal expert to advise you before and/or during the mediation. You’ll still have to go to court to officially end the marriage, but in this scenario, the court will review your settlement agreement, and if approved, it will become part of the divorce judgment. It’s not unusual for an uncontested divorce to conclude within a month or so of the date you file the petition. 

Collaborative Law

In collaborative divorce, the spouses and their attorneys hold a number of “4-way” sessions, to attempt to resolve outstanding issues. Typically, the couple will also bring in joint experts, such as joint financial planners or accountants, child and family therapists, and possibly appraisers. 

The spouses must commit to a team approach, where everyone is working toward the stated goal of settling all issues outside of court and in a way that works best for the family. 

One of the biggest downsides of the collaborative approach is that if the settlement efforts fail, the collaborative attorneys will have to withdraw from the case and cannot represent the spouses in a contested court proceeding. If the spouses drop out of the collaborative divorce process and end up in court, they’ll hire new attorneys, with a second round of legal fees (in addition to the collaborative divorce fees). 


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Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect from the first meeting with your solicitor?

Molly the paralegal practitioner who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work which a lawyer is responsible. Molly does the intake assessment and collects documents and information. She’s the first point of contact. 

The divorce process: filing the paperwork and timescales

 It’s important to understand that when you agree to the terms of the divorce, and a judge signs your judgement, you will be bound by the agreement and court order. If you think you entered into a bad deal or agreed to something you didn’t understand, your only recourse will be to go back to court to try and change your final order. But undoing a divorce agreement is difficult and generally only allowed under very limited circumstances. 

Making arrangements for children and family finances

Courts often require each divorcing spouse to fill out a financial statement to provide a complete picture of the parents’ financial situation before making a decision on child support. In the financial statement, each parent must detail his or her monthly income and expenses. 

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