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Alternative Dispute Resolution

At Hawkins Family Law, we work hard to ensure the most positive outcome for our clients and their families. It is for this reason that our family law solicitors are keen to make sure that our clients know and understand the various dispute resolution options available to them – Court proceedings and traditional negotiations are not the only routes available when it comes to dispute resolution.

What is Dispute Resolution?

Dispute resolution or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) within family law encompasses the methods of resolving issues outside Court. In order for dispute resolution to be effective, both parties need to buy into the process that they determine is going to be most suitable for them.

What are the different methods of Dispute Resolution?

There are many different forums available for family law dispute resolution. These are:

  • Mediation;
  • Family Mediation;
  • Hybrid Mediation;
  • Collaborative Law;
  • Arbitration;
  • Private Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR);
  • Early Neutral Evaluation;
  • Round Table Meetings

Which method you choose will depend on your individual circumstances and how much involvement you want to have. Our family law solicitors can discuss all the options with you to find the best solution for you.

Why use Dispute Resolution?

There are significant advantages in trying to resolve matters outside of Court, for example:

  • It can be quicker than Court proceedings;
  • It can cost less than protracted Court proceedings;
  • You have greater control over who is involved – for example, you can choose who the Mediator or Arbitrator is.

It is important to remember, however, that all forms of alternative dispute resolution are voluntary, and you cannot ‘make’ the other party engage if they are not comfortable with the process.

We also recognise that there are times when the only route to take is to issue Court proceedings to sort out finances and/or child arrangements. If this is the case, then we will guide you through the process, explaining each step as we go.

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Why Hawkins Family Law?

Alternative dispute resolution is a critical option available to you when you are looking to resolve family issues. There is no one size fits all, so it is vital that you have different options to choose from. At Hawkins Family Law, we are able to offer collaborative law, arbitration and round table meetings, and we regularly encourage our clients to enter into mediation, private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluations.

Established in 2001 and specialising solely in family law matters, the Hawkins Family Law team are all ‘people’ people and are committed to producing rounded outcomes for our clients, offering expertise in whatever forum works best for you. Jo Hawkins, Loraine Davenport, Annabel Hayward, Stacey St Clair, Helen Taylor and Rachel Lander are all collaboratively trained lawyers (dispute resolution solicitors) who are committed to the benefits that collaborative law can offer clients.

We can provide family law advice and assistance relating to your children, separation and financial matters, and offer these services whether you are married, co-habiting or in a civil partnership.

The way in which you approach your family issues is your choice, but with Hawkins Family Law you can be assured of our consistently high levels of support and guidance.

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