Family Dispute Resolution Week

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Dispute Resolution week runs from the 25th – 29th November which raises awareness of options available for parties separating or going through the divorce process.Resolution is the national association representing family lawyers and professionals. Resolution has 6,500 family law professionals throughout England and Wales, all of whom are committed to constructive resolution of family disputes.  The members of Resolution follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. The code requires lawyers to deal with each other in a civilized way and to encourage their clients to put their differences aside and reach fair agreements.

Resolution have undertaken polls and discovered that 4 in 10 people want the Christmas season to be over as quickly as possible due to difficulties in either going through the process of separation or having separated.

Whether we like it or not, separation and divorce is a part of modern life. At the last count, around one in three marriages ends in divorce. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but the key thing to remember is that – contrary to what a lot of people think – divorce doesn’t have to involve conflict, confrontation, or the courts.

In addition, crucially, legal aid is still available for family mediation in certain cases.  A family law professional will be able to assist in ascertaining if someone qualifies for legal aid.

By being aware of the alternatives and options available, the often traumatic process of separation and divorce can be less painful.

Resolution has launched a new advice guide, available online at www.resolution.org.uk/separatingtogether and we would encourage anyone going through separation or divorce to read through it so they know way to take some of the confrontation out of divorce.

Our family law professionals are members of Resolution and they can work with people to find an option that works best for them.

Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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