ADR Week: Alternatives to Court Proceedins

October 14, 2015 12:46 pm

With the cost of proceedings often reaching into the thousands, it is ever important to try to resolve matters without the need to attend court.

This week is ‘ADR Week’ looking at alternatives to litigation, for example mediation, collaborative law or negotiation between the parties with the assistance of legal advice.

Although it is hoped that the parties will not need to attend court, it is essential that parties have the benefit of sound legal advice and know their options. The best way to ensure that both parties reach a compromise, suitable to both, is to be fully informed and make a decision on that basis. This will hopefully mean that any agreement is more meaningful, given that both parties have ‘signed up’ to the agreement and feel that it is in their interests.

Ideally approaching matters with ADR should mean less conflict by not having to attending court, and less expense. We suggest that the alternatives to court work best where there has been sound legal advice alongside the alternatives to court.

If you do need assistance with separation we at Barnes Family Law offer a free initial consultation relating to all areas of family including divorce, financial matters, children’s matters, pensions, unmarried couples and all other areas of family law. We hope to make this difficult time as manageable as possible. We deal with your problems according to the Resolution code of practice, in a non confrontational way.

Call us to arrange a free initial appointment on 01274 861096 or email us at