When couples separate, there are a number of options open to them to resolve their differences. They all have advantages and disadvantages and one size definitely does not fit all. So it is important to choose the right approach for you and your family.
Some couples, although separated, remain on good terms and can sort out any issues between themselves without assistance from Solicitors. Others are so bitter and angry that all lines of communication are closed to the extent that only court proceedings will resolve the issues dividing them.
Sometimes, with the help of Solicitors on both sides, parties can negotiate an agreement, the terms of which are fair to both parties. There are also other options that offer what is known as alternate dispute resolution. These are mediation, collaboration and arbitration. These are all tried and tested ways of resolving the problems that face separating couples.
Each method relies upon input from Solicitors who have undergone specialist training in their field.
We are always clear to clients about the potential costs of any option and offer a range of payment options. In some cases we can offer clients a fixed price package. If we cannot offer a fixed price service, we charge based on the time we spend on your case, including meetings, emails and phone calls. Depending on your case and circumstances, you may also need to cover outlays, such as payments to independent experts. We will set out our fees and likely extra costs for you at the start and keep you informed of any possible changes as your case progresses.
At Thorntons we have Solicitors who are trained in negotiating and in each of these alternative dispute resolution methods. With their specialist knowledge, they will be able to make sure you choose the method best suited to you and your needs.
At Thorntons Family Law, we offer an initial free no-obligation chat over the phone to outline your options and the possible costs.
Depending on your case and circumstances, the next step is to come into one of our local offices to meet a Family Law Solicitor about your case and the way forward.
Call us on 03330 430 150 for a chat or contact us online to book an appointment.
Our other clients have found the following information helped support them while going through a divorce or separation.
Divorce & Separation Arbitration
A speedy way to deal with specific issues and come to a binding agreement.Learn more
Negotiating matters in a ‘collaborative’ way with a commitment not to go to court and meetings.Learn more
Divorce & Separation Mediation
A trained mediator works with both parties to try to reach an acceptable solution to problems.Learn more
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