Following the breakdown of a relationship, it can be hard to communicate with your ex-partner. It’s natural that you won’t agree about some things, but that does not mean that your divorce will have to be settled in court. There are a number of out of court processes that can help you reach an agreement more quickly and cost effectively.
Our divorce solicitors are expert negotiators and can guide you through the out of court divorce process. We have a large team in major cities across the country, which includes specially trained collaborative divorce lawyers, mediators and arbitrators. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to use one of these out-of-court divorce processes:
- Mediation – you and your ex-partner discuss the issues between you with an impartial third party (a mediator) and attempt to reach agreement.
- Collaborative Divorce – you and your ex-partner (and your lawyers) try to negotiate an agreement together.
- Arbitration – a neutral third party (an arbitrator) decides on your case as if they were a judge in court. This method is useful if you want to keep your divorce out of the public eye, and for the timing of the process to fit around you.
There are many advantages to settling your divorce out of court: it can be much quicker, cost less, not to mention reduce the stress you’re going through. It’s also a much less confrontational way of sorting things out, and can help minimise the effects on your children too.
Out of court divorce doesn’t work for everyone. If you and your ex-partner aren’t honest about your financial circumstances, or aren’t prepared to try and come to an agreement, then your case will need to be decided at court.
Whichever process your divorce has to take – in court or out of it – our experienced lawyers can support you. As one of the UK's leading family law firms, we are highly ranked by independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. We’ll handle your case sensitively and take a no-nonsense approach to getting you a fair divorce settlement. Our lawyers will also give you clear information about costs at the start of your divorce, to help you manage your outgoings.
We've worked on divorce cases of all sizes, including international divorces and with couples who have considerable wealth or complicated business interests. On some occasions we’ve even challenged and changed the law regarding divorce.
If you’d like to find out more about your divorce options, please call our family law experts on 0345 604 4911, or contact us online and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Do I Have To Speak To My Ex-Partner?
When a relationship breaks down, it can be difficult to speak to your former partner. You may not want to speak to them at all, or even to sit in the same room. However, if this is the case it is still possible to settle your divorce out of court.
Processes such as mediation and arbitration can be completed without you seeing or speaking to your former partner at all (shuttle mediation for instance works by an impartial mediator speaking to you both in turn, while you are both sat in separate rooms).
However, where children are involved it can often be beneficial to be able to agree your divorce settlement face to face. Where couples are able to do this, it can help build the foundation for a good working relationship in the future.
If you’re worried about speaking to or seeing your former partner during the divorce process, please speak to our experienced team for advice on your options. Call us on 0345 604 4911, or get in touch online and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Why Should I Choose Irwin Mitchell?
We are recognised by independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 as one of the UK's leading family law teams. Our reputation has been built up over decades of dealing with divorce cases of all kinds, including complex international cases and divorces involving high net worth individuals.
With family law experts based in major cities across England, our team includes specialist mediators, collaborative divorce solicitors, and one of the first trained arbitration lawyers in the UK. We can help you decide which option is best for you, support you through the process and ensure that your best interests are protected.
We pride ourselves on our sensitive but no nonsense approach to divorce cases. We’ll be honest with you about what is likely to happen, and will fight hard to get you a divorce settlement that’s fair.
To find out more about how we can help you, call us on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.