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Putting children first

Consider collaborative law and arbitration as out-of-court options this Family Dispute Resolution Week, advises Austin Chessell

17 November 2015

This year’s Family Dispute Resolution Week is fast approaching. Its purpose is to encourage family practitioners and separating couples to consider using out-of-court dispute resolution options as a way of resolving disputes. 

This article illustrates why the week is necessary and considers two of the out-of-court options apart from the traditional family mediation route. 

Resolution has 6,500 members who are family lawyers and other professionals, who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution is planning its fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week (FDRW) which runs from 23 to 27 November 2015. 

The theme for 2015 is ‘putting children first’. Resolution has commissioned polling of children and young people about their experience of parental breakup, drawing on the Resolution parenting charter to discover whether children ?feel they have been given appropriate information, explanation, and ...

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