Our family lawyers will help you to find the best process or blend of processes to sort out matters arising from divorce or separation, whether in relation to money or children (or other things). Options include many non-court based processes, as well as court/arbitration for those cases which need a third party decision. We take a fresh, forward-thinking approach to enable you to move forward in a way that considers you and your family’s long-term best interests.

By the time you come to consult a specialist family lawyer, you have a good idea of the outcome you seek. This may be a binding financial settlement, a document recording the arrangements for your children, or financial provision for a child. You will certainly want to move to the next stage of your life as swiftly and as painlessly as possible.

It will soon become clear, though, that there are a myriad of options for getting from Point A (where you are now) to Point B (where you want to be).

You soon find yourself beset by a blizzard of jargon. What is the difference between ‘arbitration’ and ‘mediation’ between ‘collaborative practice’ and a ‘round-table meeting’? What on earth is a ‘private FDR’? Whilst choice is appreciated, it can be very confusing.

The fact is that whilst each process has positive features, not all will be suitable for you.

At Forsters, we have experience in all of these processes and an experienced family lawyer will guide you through the options, so you reach your goal by the most appropriate method or combination of methods.

Anyone can describe the different processes; the real skill lies in identifying the most effective process for your particular circumstances and in building a team who will assist you to achieve your desired outcome.

This series of articles and complete PDF guide aims to provide you with an introduction to the different processes available to you. We hope that you find it informative.

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