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Keeping Family Law Issues Out Of Court

In the past, there were limited options available to people getting divorced and sometimes the process was stressful and inconvenient. Although going to court is the right path for some people, for others there may be a less confrontational option.

At Irwin Mitchell our expert team includes lawyers who are specialists in divorce and family mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law – all of which are options for resolving relationship problems without going through the courts. If there are children involved, this process can also reduce any distress they suffer as a result of a divorce.

Watch our short video below featuring Rachel, who worried about the impact that divorce may have on her young daughter.

We have mediators, arbitrators and collaborative lawyers in each of our national family law offices. These trained specialists have an outstanding reputation in their field, with experience, knowledge and strength to guide you through the difficult divorce process.

Divorce And Family Mediation

Our team of experienced mediators work with you and your partner to reach an outcome that benefits the whole family without going through the courts.

Our team will work to help you resolve any differences over your finances, your needs and how best to proceed in the interests of both of you. We have worked with a large number of families, helping them to find a fair solution that both parties are satisfied with.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative family law could be the best route for you if:

  • Both you and your partner want to come to a solution together
  • You can both discuss matters openly and productively
  • Honest conversations about the issues in your divorce or separation can be had throughout the entire process

Our collaboratively trained lawyers will use their experience and skill to make these discussions and negotiations run as smoothly as possible to the benefit of both you and your ex-partner. In divorces which involve children and co-parenting, collaborative family law can help the family maintain a good relationship which makes life more comfortable in the future for everyone involved.

The collaborative process involves the signing of a contract saying that you will reach an agreement and a series of round table discussions with lawyers there to represent both parties’ interests.

For mediation or a collaborative approach to work, both parties need to be honest about your financial circumstances and needs. If you are concerned that your former partner may be attempting to hide assets or not telling the truth about their finances, we will advise on other options.


We have one of the first trained arbitration lawyers in the UK.

The arbitration process is another way to keep your divorce from going through the courts but can only be used in financial matters when there are no children involved.

We cannot act as arbitrators if we are representing either party but if you are both working with lawyers from other firms, we could arbitrate for you.

If you choose arbitration there is the benefit that the whole process can be completed through correspondence or at any agreed location to suit the client.

Why Choose Us?

Our family law team is widely regarded as one of the UK leaders. We specialise in providing expert advice in all areas of family law, including divorces and separations that affect children.

  • We have a large team of family law experts based in major cities across England.
  • We will explain the process clearly and keep you informed about what is happening at each stage.
  • We provide cost effective solutions tailored to your situation and will provide clear information about costs, allowing you to manage your outgoings.
  • Our experts achieve high rankings in independent guides to the legal profession.

What The Experts Say About Our Family Law Experts

We’re regularly ranked highly in the leading independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Legal 500 Leading Firm 2016A "top-quality team" that is "very knowledgeable and compassionate" and "provides fantastic advice" - Legal 500, 2016

"Very caring and detailed approach - literally 24/7 client care." and "An amazing team - I fear for anyone who goes up against them." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

"Irwin Mitchell’s family law practice is ‘strong, professional and efficient', and acts for many professionals, such as doctors, dentists, accountants and solicitors."

Legal 500, 2014

Contact Us For Expert Advice

If you would like to avoid the courts and separate or divorce in a less confrontational way, contact us. One of our experts will talk you through your options and help you decide on the best way forward.

We have family law experts based in major cities across the country.

Call us now on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online.

Please note that we do not deal with Legal Aid cases.

Useful Documents

Download our guide to mediation and dispute resolution.

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