Will I need to attend Family Courts?

Will I need to attend Family Courts?

Going to family court can appear daunting and stressful, and in many family law cases it need not be necessary and will not be the best option. Separation, divorce and financial remedies can be viable alternatives, you can ask your family solicitor for guidance on the path that best suits you.

Alternatives to court can be constructive alternatives such as family mediation, shuttle mediation, collaborative law, family hybrid mediation and financial dispute resolution, not to mention family arbitration. These can address everything from childcare arrangements to pensions after divorce. They are safe, effective and maintain the sensitivity, integrity and confidentiality you would expect from family law. They also grant clients a vast array of options, restoring control, autonomy and choice.

However, Family Courts are necessary and essential in some instances. For example, if you cannot reach an agreement together, with your lawyer helping or through mediation. In this case an application can be sent to the court.

looking at the various types of matters Family Court can handle, these include: Parental disputes over the upbringing of children Local authority intervention to protect children Decrees relating to divorce Financial support for children after divorce or relationship breakdown Some aspects of domestic violence Adoption

Family matters are dealt with in the Family Division of the High Court, by district judges in County Courts and in Family Proceedings Courts, which are specialist Magistrates’ Courts.

Magistrates undergo specialist training before they sit in Family Proceedings Courts, where procedures are very different from the criminal courts.

[You can read more at the Judiciary website, through this link.]( https://www.judiciary.uk/you-and-the-judiciary/going-to-court/family-law-courts/)