Family Solicitors & Divorce Lawyers London

There are several different ways in which family law disputes can be resolved. At Family Law Associates we are pleased to be able to advise upon and offer a wide range of options to help them deal with their family law matters. We are familiar with different choices and can help clients decide which of these will suit their circumstances best.

Traditional Negotiation

All of our solicitors are specialists in family law and are well used to negotiating outcomes either in correspondence, on the telephone or in a series of meetings. Some clients prefer to be actively involved in the discussions, and may prefer to sit down with their spouse and the two legal representatives, in order to discuss and resolve the issues they are facing.


Family mediation is a process in which those involved in family breakdown, whether or not they are a couple or other family members, appoint an impartial third person to assist them to better communicate with one another and reach their own agreed and informed decisions concerning some, or all, of the issues relating to separation, divorce, children, finance or property by negotiation (Family Mediation Council).

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a fundamentally different and innovative approach to settling family disputes. Couples who wish to reach a fair solution without litigation may benefit from this approach.

If you both choose a solicitor who is collaboratively trained, you have the option of negotiating a settlement through a series of structured meetings specifically designed to resolve your particular dispute. This tailored approach is intended to be less formal and stressful than court-based litigation. It is often much quicker and can be more cost-effective.


Arbitration is a process tailored around the parties to a dispute but it is based on the principles of English law and it delivers a binding decision. The parties to a dispute are able to define the issues to be determined in arbitration. The decision would then be made by an agreed arbitrator, in accordance with the law.

Private FDR/Early Neutral Evaluations

Both Early Neutral Evaluations and Private FDRs are out of court dispute resolution options, which allow the parties to receive a joint and neutral opinion from a family law specialist as to the potential outcome of taking their case to court.

The Court Process

The family courts have introduced a standard procedure for all financial claims. It introduces a strict timetable in order to try to shorten the length of the case and provide an end date within a reasonable time. Unfortunately, due to pressures within the court system, a fully contested case is unlikely to be concluded within a short time.

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