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Family Dispute Resolution Week

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This week is Family Dispute Resolution Week organised by Resolution.  As a Resolution Accredited practice we believe that it is important to ensure that anyone who is dealing with the end of a relationship, or a dispute regarding their children, should be aware of what Resolution actually stands for.

What is Resolution

Resolution is an association of 6,500 family lawyers and professionals working with separating couples who believe that most problems are best solved without confrontation.  Separation is always difficult, but their members’ experience is that resolving problems in a constructive way leads to the most satisfactory, lasting outcomes for couples and their families.

Why is it important?

Resolution carried out a survey in the UK to reveal how divorce affects families.


  • 1 in 5 children didn’t get the exam results they were hoping for as a result of their parents split
  • 1 in 7 British adults say that separation and divorce has had a negative impact of productivity at work
  • 1 in 6 British adults say that they have been off work sick due to stress due to the breakdown of their relationship
  • 1 in 4 people fall into financial trouble as a result of their relationship break up

The historic view of separation and divorce being a battle fought by solicitors on behalf of their clients and resulting in a court hearing is clearly not something that the majority of people would wish to experience.  Resolution accredited solicitors work wherever possible towards reaching a practical solution that both parties are able to accept without the need to engage in lengthy and expensive court battles.

Where can you find out more?

Dutton Gregory are happy to offer a FREE initial consultation, please telephone in advance to arrange an appointment.  Please contact

  • Andrew Kirkconel - Winchester Office
  • Stephen Kent – Southampton Office
  • Claire Buckley – Bournemouth Office

As part of Family Dispute Resolution Week, Resolution is launching a new advice guide, “separating together: your options for separation and divorce” designed to help separating couples understand and explore non-court based methods of resolving issues arising on the breakdown of a relationship.

Helpful Links

1.Family Dispute Resolution Week is the national awareness rising week designed to make the public aware of the alternatives to court for separation and divorce.  More information on these alternatives, including mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration, is available on the Resolution website.

As part of the week, a new guide to dispute resolution has been made available.  Entitled “Separating together – your options for separation and divorce”, it is available online The guide includes details of other organisations which can provide useful information around separation and divorce.