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Court proceedings

Why do people go through divorce court proceedings? 

Sometimes there is no alternative but to go to Court.

If it is not possible to agree things - usually about the home or finances, it will be necessary to ask a Judge to make a decision for you.

Court proceedings are time consuming and expensive. They should be the last resort. You may like to consider family arbitration as an alternative to court proceedings. This can be much quicker and more focused.

Many solicitors start court proceedings while trying to negotiate a settlement at the same time. This can sometimes save time and help to avoid delay. Your solicitor will discuss this with you first, as it is very much your choice.

On divorce, court proceedings are necessary if: 

  • your spouse is not giving you all the financial information you need to make a decision.
  • there is no hope of negotiating a financial settlement after divorce which is fair
  • there are complex financial issues that you need a divorce court to help you sort out, to get a financial settlement on divorce
  • there is domestic violence – or the threat of it
  • there is an international element: if divorce proceedings may be started in another country, it may be necessary to issue divorce proceedings immediately in England or Wales

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