Non-Court Family Law Resolutions: Expert Mediation & Solicitors for Settling Family Disputes out of Court

Many people going through a divorce or separation are not aware of the different ways that a family solicitor can help and support them in reaching a financial settlement or setting arrangements for their children to spend time with each parent and their wider family.

Every family and every separation or divorce is different so it makes sense that the way to sort out the issues arising from the breakdown of the relationship is not the same for everyone. Choosing the right process for you is essential. It may be that going to court is right in your circumstances but there are other options available.

Our expert family solicitors can help guide you through the options, discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each option so that we can help you determine which of the options are best for you in your particular circumstances. Choosing the right way forwards for you is likely to save you time and money in the long run and help you reach a better outcome for you and your family.

We can help and advise you in relation to any of the following:

Family Mediation

A family mediator is trained to help you discuss and resolve issues with your former partner in a series of confidential meetings. Family mediators are impartial and therefore do not give legal advice, so it can often help to have a solicitor who you can speak to in between mediation meetings. In the Lupton Fawcett family team we have an experienced family mediator who can help you or if you prefer for us to act as your solicitor we can refer to another family mediation service.

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Collaborative Practice

With the collaborative process, each person appoints their own lawyer who is not only experienced in advising on family law, but they have also had specialist training in conflict resolution. You have discussions in a series of confidential meetings, with both of you having your collaborative lawyer present to support and advise you as you go. Both parties and their collaborative lawyers commit to finding the best solutions by agreement, rather than ending up in court. If this is the right process for you, then Lupton Fawcett’s family team has a collaborative lawyer that can help.

Read more about Collaborative Law for family matters


An arbitrator is appointed by you and your former partner, usually with the help of your solicitors, to make a decision about your finances and property or, in some cases, about your children. The Arbitrator will make a decision after considering all the information about the case and legal arguments put forwards.

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Out of Court Settlements

We can help you negotiate a settlement that is right for you to avoid the need of going to court. This usually involves a process of collating all the relevant information and entering into negotiations on your behalf, usually with your former partner’s solicitor. We can then prepare all the necessary documents to make any settlement into a legally binding agreement.

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Private Financial Dispute Resolution Hearings

A relatively new option in family law is to jointly appoint an experienced family law professional to provide their independent view on how a case involving finance and property should be settled. This could be done in writing or at a meeting similar to a court hearing. You would not be bound by any view of the appointed professional but the hope would be that it would facilitate further discussions and help you reach an agreement with your former partner

Read more about Private FDR’s

Our team of family law solicitors are available to advise you on any of the options outlined about and then support you with clear and practical advice through whichever process is right for you.

Our family solicitors are all members of Resolution, a group of over 6,500 family law professionals who are committed to approaching family law matters in a constructive way, helping ease the pain and financial cost of a family breakdown.


Talk to us about Out of Court Resolutions for all Family Matters

Lupton Fawcett’s experienced team of Family Law Solicitors can help you to find a solution to whatever challenges face your family or relationships. We are on hand to guide you throughout what can be difficult and emotive discussions and decisions.  To speak to a member of our team, contact us by phone today or fill out our enquiry form and we will be in touch.

Lupton Fawcett’s teams are leading family law specialists in Yorkshire and are based out of our office in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We have spent over one hundred years using our legal skills to help you through difficult, complicated or emotional times.  Within every area of law, we put your interests first.

We provide a personalised service, with specialised expertise and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Our Family Lawyers act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly.  We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help.

Mr Richard Buckley of Lupton Fawcett ,gave me excellent advice and help recently with a legal document .In these times when little face to face contact is possible he was always available on the phone and made the experience trouble free and very satisfactory

Clare White

"I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to my divorce and financial issues following the breakdown of my marriage. One of the key issues in the case was whether a long period of cohabitation would be factored in when considering the length of the marriage and the financial settlement I would be entitled to. During the course of the case, Chris provided me with clear and consistent advice and was able to deal robustly with the other party. I achieved an outcome I was very happy with and was very pleased with the advice and service levels which Chris and his team provided me with."


Richard Buckley represented me in, what turned out to be, highly contested court proceedings . Richard was very professional, knowledgeable and meticulous in his approach and he fought my corner when necessary. My divorce was not an easy one; it was very stressful but Richard always listened, put me at ease and took time to explain everything to me, making sure I understood his advice. He is very good at listening and keeping me on track. Richard doesn’t make me feel like a number, but a valued client. If anyone is looking for a family solicitor, I would not hesitate in recommending Richard.

Mr D Pickles

I cannot recommend Lupton Fawcett enough, I have just been through a very complicated and high conflict financial divorce but throughout the whole experience Richard Buckley and Chris Burns were always on hand to give reassurance, incredibly sound advice and straightforward explanations when things got difficult. For anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation I highly recommend this firm, it’s the best decision you’ll make.

Nicola Shuttleworth

I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to various financial issues which arose following the breakdown of my marriage. My case involved a dispute with my former husband over the ownership and occupation of a significant property with adjacent land. Chris steered me through the process of resolving this. Despite resistance from my former husband, Chris advised me with a determined focus and provided me with clear and pragmatic advice throughout the process and achieved my objective within the proceedings.


It’s rare to come across someone like Chris (Burns), absolutely clued up in his area, pragmatic and direct, yet supportive and respectful. As clients, he guided us through the process, quickly picking out what was important, remaining focused on the end game and delivering more than we could have expected. We would not hesitate to recommend Chris.


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