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Legal Advice for Settling Family Related Disputes Out of Court


Legal issues affecting your family such as divorce and separation can be incredibly stressful, particularly when disputes have to be settled through the court.

At Lanyon Bowdler, we encourage a collaborative approach to resolving issues, frequently helping clients to work through disagreements and disputes through negotiation and discussion, with an exceptional level of success.

Our clients are regularly able to resolve family law matters amicably and without the need for lengthy court proceedings, reducing the stress for everyone involved and helping to keep legal costs down.

About non-court dispute resolutions

Settling family-related matters in a court of law is one of the major worries that many of our clients share. They are often concerned about the pressure and formality of such a situation but under the guidance of our lawyers, many of our clients avoid such proceedings entirely and reach a resolution in a collaborative way, minimising conflict between the opposing parties.

Any agreement must be approved and put into a court order to ensure its legality and fairness to everyone involved, but you will not need to attend.

We firmly believe that reaching an agreement without court involvement is the most positive option as it encourages communication on both sides and allows you to have an input into the outcome.

There are a number of ways to work through the disputes you may be facing following your divorce or separation. Common issues that arise often relate to living and access arrangements for children, division of assets and finances settlements, all of which can be successfully resolved through the following:

Collaborative Law

At Lanyon Bowdler, we are experts in collaborative law and can help you with all aspects of negotiating an agreement away from the court with regard to your family and finances.

We will be by your side to represent and support you at all face-to-face meetings with your former partner and will provide you with ongoing legal advice as we work towards reaching an amicable agreement that you are happy with and that works for everyone, particularly your children. This is a welcome alternative to having a decision made by a judge and allows you instead to be actively involved in finding a solution. It is also an important step for collaborative working and communication in the future, if you and your partner are co-parenting.


Similar to collaborative law in its approach, mediation involves an impartial third party, who will be present in all meetings to work with both parties to find an agreement. We can direct you to fully qualified and highly experienced mediators and we can draw up the formal agreement, following the negotiation stage, to ensure that your interests are protected and that everything is legally binding.


A fully qualified third party will be appointed to make a final decision on your particular family law dispute, if you cannot come to an agreement between yourselves.

We are well-connected across the industry and can secure the services of one of the region’s leading arbitrators, if this is a route you wish to pursue. We will be on hand to draw up the legal paperwork and formalise any decision that is made.

What are the benefits of out of court dispute resolution?

There are a number of advantages to solving your family law dispute away from the courts including:

  • Keeping costs down
  • Reducing stress
  • Involvement in the final decision
  • Quicker conclusion

No family wants to face the long, drawn-out process of numerous court hearings and with the right legal team on your side this can be avoided. Lanyon Bowdler can advise you on your various options to bring about a quick and effective conclusion.

How we can help

As collaborative law specialists, we can advise and support you throughout all negotiations. We can put you in you in contact with leading mediators and arbitrators as well as other experts you may need including financial advisors and accountants. We will prepare all the necessary paperwork on your behalf and help find the best non-court resolution for you.

Our expertise and experience is recognised throughout the legal industry and we are recommended and ranked in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are incredibly proud to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant, a partnership designed to acknowledge the vital work carried out by current and ex-military personnel. Working with Shropshire Council and other local organisations, we can ensure that the armed forces have access to the services they need.

We attend the hub in Shrewsbury town centre every month, providing legal advice to veterans and serving military personnel, making sure that we are readily available to anyone that needs us.

How much are the legal fees?

Everyone deserves to have access to excellent legal representation and our flexible payment plans ensure that we are available to all. Whether you are interested in a pay as you go arrangement, a fixed fee agreement or a traditional hourly charging rate, we will be clear and open about all the costs involved from the very beginning so that there are no unexpected charges further down the line.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler’s Family Law Solicitors

Lanyon Bowdler is recognised as one of the leading full-service law firms in the region and as such we can represent you wherever you are located.

With offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, our child law solicitors regularly see clients from right across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and the Midlands. Location is no barrier to being able to enlist our services however and we frequently act on behalf of clients nationally.

If you would like to find out more about how to resolve your family law dispute away from the court please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call now to speak to an experienced non-court resolution lawyer or complete the online enquiry form and one of the team will get back to you to discuss your query in more detail. For honest, helpful and reliable advice contact the family law experts today.


Fantastic law firm - used Lanyon Bowdler for conveyancing & for legal advice - both solicitors I worked with were effective & professional. Law firm were fast & responsive to queries & clear pricing. Would recommend.   

- Samantha, Via Review Solicitors

Impressed by the efficiency and how they took control of our case. We don't have much of an understanding regarding solicitors and the legal system, but we were led through the whole process very well. We always felt we were in good hands.

- Mrs R Lutwyche, Shrewsbury

I was impressed with the efficiency and welcome of staff. Excellent office layout and service.  

- Mrs S James & Mr W Parkinson, Telford

A warm welcome from the receptionist. Extremely impressed by all that have helped us, peace of mind for our future.

- Mr M Court & Mrs A May, Shrewsbury

Always very efficient in dealing with the workload and advice given in divorce. Would highly recommend the service I received. 

- Mrs Suzanne Purvin

Knowledge and information given was accurate and realistic.

- Mrs Eleanor Margaret Howells, Hereford

Very efficient, pleasant and fully explained. I am well satisfied.

- Mr Stephen Turner, Oswestry

Friendly atmosphere and very professional attitude. 

- Mr Sidney Jolliffe, Oswestry

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