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24/09/2012 By: Katherine Kennedy
Today marks the start of Family Dispute Resolution week, which is being held to raise awareness to the alternatives available to couples going through family breakdown.
Family breakdown is often seen by many as the curse of modern life. One in three marriages now ends in divorce and there are many people living together outside of marriage who will also face family breakdown. Like it or loathe it, love doesn’t always last a lifetime, but Family Dispute Resolution Week aims to dispel a widely held myth that divorce can never be without a headline grabbing fight in court.
Most practitioners in family law now are very much aware that their client’s best interests when deciding upon financial and children matters arising from a separation are best served by keeping them out of the court forum, which by its very nature pits one person against the other via a very litigious and positional approach.
There are so many other avenues that separating couples should explore – mediation, collaborative law, family arbitration, negotiating directly with each other. This week sees a welcome initiative to raise the profile of these alternatives.
You can find more information about alternatives to court in the Divorce approaches section of this website.Katherine KennedySenior Solicitor (Family Lawyer)Birmingham