Family Law: FAQs

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What is mediation?

Mediation is an opportunity for couples to meet with a trained independent mediator to talk through issues, (financial and/or children issues) and try to reach an agreement without taking contested court action.  It is not relationship counselling.  Courts expect parties to attempt mediation before issuing a court application – there are several exemptions, such as cases where there has been domestic violence.

What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative Famil Law is a way of resolving both financial and/or children issues without taking contested court action.  Sarah Finnis, who heads the Family Law team at Girlings is collaboratively trained.  The process involves a series of round table meetings with both parties and their respective collaboratively trained family solicitors - more information can be found at or at


For further information or advice, contact a member of our Family Law team who will be happy to help.


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