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.