Resolving Divorce Out of Court

Divorce and separation can often lead to conflict and heartache. Having the right professional advice and support can make all the difference in choosing the right family option for resolving your family dispute.

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Alternative divorce

Reaching an agreement between yourselves

Negotiating your own agreement, with or without support, can be the cheapest way to a settlement and at first glance can seem the easiest. However, it can be a complex process with many aspects you and your partner will need to consider, and so it is not suitable for everyone.

Mediation and MIAMs (mediation information & assessment meeting)

Mediators are trained to help resolve disputes over all issues faced by divorcing and separating couples or specific issues such as arrangements for any children. Mediators are neutral and are there to manage the mediation process and help with the exchange of information.  The process works best if you instruct a lawyer to provide independent legal advice alongside the mediation process.


In family arbitration you and your partner appoint an arbitrator, usually with the help of a solicitor. Your solicitor can also advise and assist you throughout the process.  The arbitrator will make a decision that will be final and binding between the parties on any financial and property disputes arising from family relationships. 

Lawyer negotiations on your behalf

Some people choose this approach because they think that an agreement is not possible in their circumstances; for others it is the last resort after all options have been exhausted. Success will often depend on what each party’s lawyer would expect the outcome to be of any eventual court process.  The court can be asked to approve the decision. The process is confidential, which may be of importance to some people.  In certain circumstances the process can be quicker than traditional contested court proceedings.

Make a start online

If you are ready to take the first step and understand your legal position, complete our online questionnaire for a free personalised information pack. Please click here to make a start online. 

Alternatively, if you are ready to talk, we are here and ready to listen.

Contact our Divorce Solicitors in Bristol or London

Let’s talk. You can call us on 0117 906 9400 or email for further information from our divorce solicitors in Bristol and London. Alternatively, please complete our contact form.

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