Alternative dispute resolution

    Alternative dispute resolution

    Divorces can be resolved without going to court, and many cases get resolved through one of many methods referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR.

    Arbitration in divorce cases

    Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process, in which the parties agree to submit to the binding decision of an independent third party. Having become mainstream in the commercial world as an alternative to litigation, it is an increasingly popular resource in family law disputes. Read More

    Collaborative divorce

    The collaborative, or ‘four-way’ process is a form of alternative dispute resolution particular to family law. It requires both parties to instruct a lawyer who has been trained in the collaborative approach, and parties agree not to use those lawyers if the collaborative process breaks down and court proceedings begin. Read More


    Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution, in which the parties attend meetings with an independent, impartial and qualified third party. That person is able to guide the process and assist the parties in narrowing the issues in dispute and negotiating toward a solution. Read More

    No fault divorce

    There is no immediate ‘no fault’ divorce under the law of England and Wales. The sole ground upon which a divorce may be granted is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Read More

    Solicitor-led negotiation

    Negotiations can take place in advance of, or in parallel to, the court process. Although negotiation between the parties themselves can be a helpful way to narrow issues and to gain insight into one another’s positions, it does pose a number of hazards. Read More

    Round-table meetings

    A round table meeting is a meeting specifically for the purpose of settlement discussions. Parties and their legal advisors meet to consider, and attempt to narrow, the issues, and to undertake negotiations. Read More