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Family Law 2020

Family Law 2020 (11th edn)

Jane Sendall and Roiya Hodgson
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date: 21 March 2023

p. 253. Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Lawlocked

p. 253. Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Lawlocked

  • Jane SendallJane SendallDistrict Judge and non-practising solicitor
  •  and Roiya HodgsonRoiya HodgsonSolicitor and Academic Tutor, The University of Sunderland


This chapter first discusses the methods by which a family lawyer may resolve family law disputes, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It then reviews the various forms of negotiation that a family lawyer may undertake. These include settlement between clients, negotiation through correspondence, meeting between counsel, and at-court negotiation. Next, the chapter discusses mediation and collaborative law as different forms of ADR used in family law. It outlines MIAMs (mediation information and assessment meetings) and their importance prior to issuing proceedings. It also discusses the various steps of collaborative law. It also briefly considers a recent development in family ADR: arbitration.

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