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Mediation & Collaborative Law - A Quicker & More Popular Route to Resolving Marital Disputes?

The following formed the next questions I asked Head of Family & Senior Partner Peter Flint.

Why are they becoming more popular – is it purely down to the cost or does the process help retain some form of civilized relationship? 

Peter replied "Generally speaking, if successful the costs involved in mediation and in the collaborative law approach will be less than having the issues in dispute resolved through Court proceedings, particularly if at no stage of those Court proceedings can an agreement be reached and the matter has to proceed to a Final Hearing before a Judge.  Additionally it seems that clients are now more willing to be encouraged to seek an agreement which is fair and reasonable for each of them (which in turn will be of benefit to the children), rather than adopting the historic adversarial approach."

I then wanted to know whether these processes were quicker than the traditional methods of going through the Courts to resolve dispute – and if so, why?

Peter explained "Both mediation and collaborative law are quicker methods of achieving resolution of issues arising out of breakdown of a relationship than pursuing those issues through Court proceedings.  Not only are Court proceedings costly but they also involve quite a lengthy process mainly as a result of the various steps which have to be taken by each party during the course of the proceedings and also due to the Courts waiting lists which in most instances are lengthy."

Seems to me, anyone looking to resolve a marital dispute would be wise to consider one of these methods.  It you would like more information, or would like to speak with someone about collaborative law or mediation, contact Peter Flint on 01743 280280 or email him at peter.flint@lblaw.co.uk.