family dispute resolution: final thoughts
Contemplating separation or divorce can be very daunting and
often both the legal and practical consequences can be upsetting
for all involved. This is especially the case when there are
children involved. When looking at the effects of divorce and
separation of parents on children, the consequences vary depending
upon how acrimonious the split has been, and how the issues have
been dealt with.
Family lawyers in the UK have been trying to find methods to
reduce the upset and turmoil that court proceedings can cause such
solutions have lead to the development of dispute resolution
alternatives, such as mediation, arbitration and Collaborative Law.
To become a Dispute Resolution lawyer, special training is
required, so that the lawyer has the skills and techniques to offer
these services. The incentives to reach an amicable resolution
through the process include reducing conflict, maintaining
relationships for the future, reducing legal costs and avoiding
acrimonious court proceedings that do not guarantee a "perfect"
outcome for anyone.
Not battling matters out through an adversarial court process
can reduce the harm suffered by all and maintain a relationship
with your partner that could otherwise have been destroyed, at the
cost of the children and your ability to communicate with your
former partner in the future.