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Compare your options

We can assist you in managing your divorce or separation

Compare your options at a glance

The following is a brief summary of the different options, their strengths and weaknesses, timescales and relative costs

 

Mediation Process

Key Features Strengths Weaknesses timescales Costs
Face to face meetings with impartial mediator
  • You set the agenda
  • You control the outcome
  • Maintains communication and goodwill
  • Child focused
  • Future orientated
  • May need independent legal advice alongside mediation
  • Can be difficult for both parties to be in same room
  • Relies on both parties’ good faith to make process work
Decided by parties, but typically 3-4 months £

Collaborative Law Process

Key Features Strengths Weaknesses timescales Costs

Face to face meetings with both parties and specially trained solicitors

Solicitors and parties give commitment at outset not to use court process

  • You set the agenda
  • You control the outcome
  • Maintains communication and good will
  • Child focussed
  • Both solicitors in meetings, so can give advice there and then, and provide support to parties
  • Commitment to out of court negotiations allows open, cards on table approach
  • Future orientated
  • Can be difficult for both parties to be in same room
  • Relies on both parties’ good faith to make process work
Decided by parties, but typically 3-4 months £ £

Arbitration Process

Key Features Strengths Weaknesses timescales Costs
Parties appoint neutral arbitrator to provide binding decision, outside the court process
  • Parties decide on procedure to suit their own situation
  • Guaranteed to have one, thoroughly prepared, expert tribunal throughout the process
  • Gives clear decision where parties unable to reach agreement themselves
  • Can ask for decision on all elements on case, or on one separate issue, as needed
  • Can be used in conjunction with mediation to settle ‘sticking points’ in negotiations, without resorting to court process
  • Arbitrator has powers to enforce compliance with timetable and directions
  • Decision will be imposed on parties, rather than allowing them to decide their own outcome
  • Parties must meet arbitrator's costs for process
  • Only available for financial cases
Decided by parties £ £


We will discuss the most appropriate route for you to take and what you can do to achieve the best solution for you and your family.

Whatever you decide we will be there to support you through every step. We will ensure that you have the best advice for your situation, and that your case is conducted at every stage with efficiency and scrupulous attention to detail.