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Alternative dispute resolution

Alternatives to the court process

Mediation and Collaborative law provide alternative means to resolving disputes without entering in to the court process. There are important differences between the two approaches and pros and cons of each approach.


Mediation is a process where the couple see independent mediators to attempt to resolve all of the practical issues arising from their separation. The mediator is a neutral person, and it’s important to realise that they provide information and not advice.

Although they do not provide advice, the information they give helps the couple organise their thought process and gather together all the relevant information they need and think through the benefits and drawbacks of the choices they have.

The outcome of mediation is a set of proposals which the couple agree on and can then take to their lawyers to be drawn up into legally binding agreements.

See our mediation page for more information

Collaborative Law:

Collaborative law is a structured method of negotiation where the lawyers and the couple commit to reaching an agreement without going through the court process.

Our collaborative law page has more information