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Divorce law blog

Good Divorce Week - keeping your options open

29/11/2016   By: Rebecca Auster

This week is Resolution’s Good Divorce Week. Resolution is a community of professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve family disputes in a non-confrontational and constructive way. Good Divorce Week highlights Resolution’s work and also the Code of Practice that all of its members follow.

In anticipation of this national campaign, Mills & Reeve hosted the annual Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group’s conference last week.

The CFDRG is an extensive network of Cambridge-based mediators, family lawyers, family consultants, independent financial advisors and child specialists who meet regularly for training and to share best practice in providing tailored legal, financial and emotional advice and guidance for separating families. By pulling together these various professions and their experience, the work of the CFDRG supports and complements Resolution’s Good Divorce Week by focusing on resolving family disputes in the most positive way, helping to support families to make key decisions.

As well as looking at the use of arbitration, we also heard from clients who had successfully used the collaborative process to negotiate a financial settlement following their divorce. The day reinforced how many options are open to separating couples to constructively resolve their disputes and allow them to move on better equipped, for example, to co-parent their children. You can read more about those options here.

With any form of dispute, there will usually be a number of different ways in which a resolution may be achieved, often with the fall back of litigation and a court-determined outcome. Family disputes are no different. With the courts struggling to cope with caseloads, the significant reduction in the availability of legal aid and the Government encouraging potential litigants to explore out of court settlements, never has it been more important to understand what your options are.

Look out for other blogs this week highlighting Resolution’s work or follow #abetterway on Twitter.

Rebecca Auster

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