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Private Financial Dispute Resolution

Private financial dispute resolution (“FDR”) can be used in cases for both married and unmarried couples. Often leading to high settlement rates, a privately instructed an family trained ‘judge’ will provide their view on issues in dispute which will be used to guide negotiations assisting couples to reach a resolution.

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How does private financial dispute resolution work?

If you’re in court proceedings, a private financial dispute resolution (FDR) hearing can replace part of the court process. You can also hold a private FDR if you aren’t in court proceedings but you have engaged with and completed the financial disclosure process with your partner.

Your case is presented in the same way as an FDR court hearing with the aim being to reach a settlement while narrowing the issues involved. The ‘judge’ will provide their view on your case, which couples use to guide negotiations.

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The benefits of financial dispute resolution (FDR)

In cases where court proceedings have already been issued, it can be arranged far more quickly than a hearing arranged by the court. The ‘judge’ will also have far more time to read your papers and consider matters carefully.

  • ‘Judges’ can be chosen based on experience, specialisms and availability
  • The ‘judge’ is available to assist all day rather than for a time-limited slot in court
  • Private financial dispute resolution hearings have high settlement rates.

For cases outside the court process, FDR can assist with settlement negotiations and avoid the cost of protracted court proceedings.

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