Alternatives to Family Court Proceedings

lternatives to court proceedings

We have advised and assisted clients using collaborative law and mediation in relation to the following:

  • Divorce, separation and associated financial matters both in the short and longer terms
  • Arrangements for children on divorce or separation including parenting plans
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Adjustment of property ownership
  • Cohabitation Agreements

Collaborative Law

Madeleine Young and Sandra Marshall are both qualified collaborative lawyers. This process encourages a resolution achieved through mutual problem solving.

The advantages are:

  • Face to face meetings between the parties and their collaborative lawyers
  • Timetable to suit you
  • Quick, direct and efficient negotiations
  • Control of the process
  • Outcome tailored to suit your family
  • Independent legal advice during the process
  • Cost effective


Sandra and Madeleine are also qualified mediators.

Mediation is voluntary and the couple will both need to agree to use the process. The mediator maintains an impartial role throughout and encourages the couple to discuss issues and explore ways and means of resolving them. The mediator can assist the couple in working within the parameters used in family disputes but cannot give legal advice as to what would be best outcome for either one of them. Couples are encouraged to take independent legal advice alongside mediation.


Although mediation is voluntary there is a requirement for those who wish to issue a court application in respect of arrangements for children or a financial settlement arising from a divorce to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM). We are able to provide this service.

For advice please contact

Madeleine Young on 01189 559616 or Sandra Marshall on 01189 559615


Contact Details:

Contact Madeleine Young
Direct Line: 0118 955 9616


Contact Sandra Marshall
Direct Line: 0118 955 9615

or complete the Family Law Enquiry Form


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