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.
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