What is the difference between an arbitrator and a lawyer? – Solent Family Mediation


Solent Family Mediation assist families in conflict, particularly those separating or separating.

Our family mediation service is quicker and more cost-effective than heading to court. It reduces dispute, and your family stays in control of plans over children, home and finance.

We work right throughout England and Wales and our family mediation service has more than thirty years’ experience offering expert, professional family mediation services.

[su_button url=”https://solentfamilymediation.co.uk/contact-us” style=”3d” size=”4″ wide=”yes”]Arrange a Call Back[/su_button]

The 4 Divorce Alternatives

Divorce mediation

No 2 marital relationships are the same, and so it only follows that no 2 divorces will be the same, either.

In fact, if you’re a woman who’s considering divorce, you have several options about how to continue. In general terms, you need to think about 4 broad classifications of divorce options: Do-It-Yourself (Do It Yourself), Mediation, Collaborative and Litigation. Let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce

The very best advice I can offer you about Do-It-Yourself Divorce, is DON’T Do-It-Yourself!

Divorce is very made complex, both legally and economically. You can easily make errors, and frequently those errors are irreparable. The only scenario I can picture when a Do-It-Yourself divorce might make any possible sense, might be in a case where the marriage lasted just two or three years and there are no kids, little or no assets/debts to be divided, similar earnings and no alimony. In a case like that, a Diy divorce could be achieved rather rapidly and inexpensively. I would still highly suggest that each party have their own different attorney evaluation the last files.


In divorce mediation, a separating couple deals with a neutral conciliator who helps both parties come to a contract on all elements of their divorce. The arbitrator may or might not be a lawyer, but he/she needs to be incredibly fluent in divorce and family law. In addition, it is crucial for the conciliator to be neutral and not promote for either celebration. Both parties still need to consult with their own, private lawyers during the mediation and prior to signing the final divorce settlement agreement.

Here are a few advantages and disadvantages to think about before deciding if mediation will work for you.

On the “professional” side, divorce mediation may:

  • Lead to a better long-lasting relationship with your ex-husband given that you will not “combat” in court.
  • Be easier on kids because the divorce procedures may be more serene.
  • Speed up an agreement.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Help you stay in control of your divorce due to the fact that you are deciding (and the court isn’t).
  • Enable more discretion. Mediation is private; prosecuted divorce is public.

On the “con” side, divorce mediation might:

  • Lose time and money. If negotiations fail, you’ll need to begin all over.
  • Be insufficient or unduly favorable to one partner. If the mediator is inexperienced or prejudiced towards your spouse, the result could be unfavorable for you.
  • Result in an unenforceable arrangement. A mediation contract that’s lopsided or inadequately drafted can be challenged.
  • Lead to legal issues. Any concern of law will still need to be ruled upon by the court.
  • Fail to discover specific properties. Because all financial details is voluntarily revealed and there is no subpoena of records, your other half could possibly hide assets/income.
  • Reinforce unhealthy behavior patterns. If one spouse is controling and the other is submissive, the final settlement may not be reasonable.
  • Fuel emotions. Mediation might increase negative habits of a partner with a propensity for physical/mental or drugs/alcohol abuse.

Couples frequently hear about the wonders of mediation and how it is supposedly a better, less controversial, less costly and more “dignified” way to get a divorce. My greatest problem with mediation is that the sole role and objective of the mediator is to get the parties to come to an arrangement– any agreement! Unless both celebrations can be fairly reasonable and amicable (and if they can be, why are they getting divorced???), I believe that mediation is generally not a practical choice for many ladies.

Collaborative Divorce

Simply put, collective divorce happens when a couple accepts exercise a divorce settlement without going to court.

Throughout a collaborative divorce both you and your partner will each employ an attorney who has actually been trained in the collective divorce procedure. The role of the lawyers in a collective divorce is quite different than in a standard divorce.

In the collaborative process, you, your partner and your particular attorneys all need to sign an agreement that requires that both attorneys withdraw from the case if a settlement is not reached and/or if litigation is threatened. If this takes place, both you and your partner must begin all over once again and discover brand-new lawyers. Neither celebration can utilize the exact same lawyers again!

Even if the collaborative process achieves success, you will usually need to appear in family court so a judge can sign the agreement. The legal procedure can be much quicker and less pricey than standard litigation if the collaborative procedure works.

However, I have actually discovered that the collective approach frequently doesn’t work well to settle divorces involving complicated financial scenarios or when there are considerable assets. In collaborative divorce, simply as in mediation, all monetary info (income, properties and liabilities) is divulged willingly. What’s more, numerous high net worth divorces involve organizations and expert practices where it is fairly easy to conceal possessions and earnings.

So … as a basic rule, my suggestion is this:

Do NOT utilize any of these very first 3 choices– Do-It-Yourself Divorce, Mediation or Collaborative Divorce– if:

  • You think your partner is concealing assets/income.
  • Your partner is aggressive, and you have problem speaking out or you hesitate to voice your opinions.
  • There is a history or hazard of domestic violence (physical and/or mental) towards you and/or your kids.
  • You or your other half has a drug/alcohol addiction.

Litigated Divorce

The fourth divorce option is the most common. Nowadays, the majority of divorcing couples pick the “traditional” design of litigated divorce.

Keep in mind, however, “litigated” does not imply the divorce ends up in court. In fact, the vast majority of all divorce cases (more than 95 percent) reach an out-of-court settlement contract. “Litigation” is a legal term significance ‘carrying out a suit.’

In 80 percent of cases, the choice to divorce is unilateral– one party wants the divorce and the other does not. That, by its very nature, creates an adversarial scenario right from the start and often disqualifies mediation and collective divorce, because both techniques rely on the complete cooperation of both celebrations and the voluntary disclosure of all financial details.

Clearly, if you are starting with an adversarial and extremely emotionally charged scenario, the chances are really high that collaboration or mediation may stop working. Why take the threat of going those paths when odds are they might stop working, wasting your money and time?

The most crucial and most difficult parts of any divorce are concerning an agreement on kid custody, division of assets and liabilities and alimony payments (just how much and for for how long). You want your attorney to be an extremely experienced arbitrator, you do not want someone who is excessively combative, ready to fight over anything and everything. An excessively contentious approach will not just extend the pain and considerably increase your legal costs, it will likewise be mentally detrimental to everyone involved, particularly the kids.

Keep in mind: The majority of divorce attorneys (or at least the ones I would suggest) will constantly make every effort to come to an affordable settlement with the other party. But if they can’t come to a sensible settlement or if the other party is totally unreasonable then, regrettably, litigating, or threatening to do so, might be the only way to solve these problems.

Up till that point both lawyers were “negotiators,” attempting to get the parties to jeopardize and come to some affordable resolution. Once in court, the function of each lawyer changes.

And don’t forget, once you’re in court, it’s a judge who understands really little about you and your family that will make the decisions about your kids, your property, your money and how you live your life. That’s a very big threat for both celebrations to take– and that’s likewise why the risk of litigating is normally such an excellent deterrent.

Here’s my last word of recommendations about divorce options: Weigh divorce options thoroughly. If you have doubts, it is great to be all set with “Plan B” which would be the prosecuted divorce.

[su_heading]Related Articles[/su_heading]

[su_heading]Solent Family Mediation Important Links[/su_heading]

Back to Top