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'It is clear that the court system just doesn't work for middle income families. The impact of the delays and inflated legal fees associated with agreeing a financial settlement in divorce proceedings leads either to financial hardship or an avoidance of the judicial process altogether, which results in unsatisfactory financial settlements.
Our clients needed an alternative to the court process which was taking its toll both financially and emotionally and so we have listened to their requirements and have developed a practical service that is both swift and economically predictable. For "Mr and Mrs Sensible" who are not up for a court battle it is an optimal solution providing access to a binding legal agreement with a fixed-fee and a time promise. We hope that other family law practices will sign up to offer arbitration for financial settlements to divorcing clients and that this will spark a sea-change in how separation is handled.'
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