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Conflict Resolution

When couples separate, there are a number of options open to them to resolve their differences, either by themselves or with the assistance of a conflict resolution solicitor. 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 are able to communicate and cooperate with one another, and can sort out any issues between themselves, with or without assistance from Solicitors. Others are so upset or distressed that all lines of communication are closed to the extent that only court proceedings will resolve the issues dividing them.

While it is possible to try to reach a settlement agreement without the involvement of solicitors, this is not necessarily the best approach. Separation agreements are generally treated as legally binding contracts in Scots Law. If at a later date you discover that the agreement has lead to an unfair outcome or certain assets have not been included in the agreement, then it may be too late to rectify the problem. Failing to take legal advice before entering in to the agreement will not be a good reason to set the agreement aside. 

More often than not, with the help of Solicitors on both sides, parties can negotiate an agreement, the terms of which are fair and reasonable to both parties. This method is usually called conventional negotiation. There are also other options known commonly 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.

How can Thorntons help?

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 to book an appointment.

How much will it cost?

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.

Please note we do not offer Legal Aid for this service.