Understanding and Resolving Family Law

In a previous post we explained to you the basics of family law and what the term family law includes; in this article we aim to give you an understanding of what you can do in relation to issues that fall under the term ‘family law’.  If you learn how to resolve an issue in regards to family law before it occurs you could save yourself a lot of time and money.


There are many aspects of family law that you may need to seek advice on; some of these areas include gaining custody of a child, understanding any financial obligations that you may have and deciding how assets should be divided. Each of these areas of family law can be incredibly complicated and so they shouldn’t be settled without a qualified professional. But what if you can’t afford to hire a professional?



The Alternatives to Litigation

There are many reasons as to why individuals do not wish to take legal action; the most common reasons would be because they don’t understand how cost effective a barrister can be but they understand that solicitors charge unnecessary fees. Other reasons for an individual to avoid legal action include sensitive circumstances and the extent to which the action taken would stress individuals involved.



If two individual parties decide to go through mediation they have chosen to meet up with a qualified mediator present so that the mediator can aid the individuals in finding common ground that they can agree on. Once they have found this common ground they attempt to develop an agreement on the issue at hand. Mediation does not bind you to any agreement that you come to and if an agreement can’t be made the two parties can go their own ways and come up with another method of resolving the issue.



Arbitration is very similar to mediation but it also has significant differences. The main difference between going through the process of mediation and arbitration is that the agreement that you come to through arbitration is binding. The best arbiters will do what they can to settle arguments fairly but their decision is the last word and it must be obeyed, if not accepted.


Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is much like a cross between the aforementioned; mediation and arbitration. During the process of collaborative law both of the individual partied hire a solicitor that specialises in collaborative law and allows them to represent them throughout the negotiations. The parties then agree to meet up with their solicitors at their sides to discuss the issue and work to resolve it.


However there are many barristers and solicitors that do not charge extortionate rates and would happily support you where possible. For more information on family law and hiring a barrister you can get in touch with us here at Access to Barristers Direct – we’d be more than happy to help you with any legal problems that you may face.