People often assume that there will be court battles when going through a relationship breakdown. In fact, the majority of separated couples are able to come to an agreement and there are various means of achieving this.

One way is to resolve matters is through negotiations between solicitors either in correspondence or in what are referred to as ‘round-table’ meetings. Once an agreement is reached, it will be signed and submitted to the court for approval, without you having to attend court.

Another option is mediation. Mediation is a cost effective and practical way of resolving your dispute.

It can be used effectively to achieve an agreement on how assets should be divided, and to agree the arrangements for children on separation, but can also be used to resolve anything else that you wish to include. An impartial mediator will meet with you and your spouse together to facilitate discussions and guide you towards reaching an agreement. It is cheaper than the court process and as it encourages communication, you are much more likely to stay on good terms with one another. Mediation is voluntary but it is also strongly encouraged by the courts. Attending a Mediation Information session (known as a MIAM) is compulsory before issuing finance or children proceedings, unless you qualify for an exemption. Please see our Family Law page.

Finally, parties can agree to appoint an arbitrator who will then make a binding ruling on the issues concerned. You and your partner would each have lawyers, but you then select an independent arbitrator to resolve your dispute. The arbitrator’s decision is then binding. Arbitration can be used to resolve all financial issues resulting from a relationship breakdown. The arbitrator can deal with the entire financial situation, or can be asked to consider one discrete point which may be a stumbling block to resolution.

Thank you Dev and Rosewood!

Dev was super helpful, professional and ensured I got the best advice and support throughout.

Excellent service, dealt promptly with all the matters at hand and kept me updated throughout. Highly recommended!

Very Big Thank You to Dev – an excellent solicitor!

Emma was very easy to talk to and made me feel very comfortable. The service I received was brilliant and I would definitely recommend Rosewood Solicitors to my family and friends. Excellent client service.

I would highly recommend Dev, he was outstanding!

Dev was the duty solicitor when I was arrested and questioned. From the outset, his calm and professional manner were a great source of comfort in a situation that was new and incredibly stressful for me. He showed great technical competence, giving me the right advice that ultimately lead to the right outcome for me. More than that though, he was also very human and understanding, going well beyond the requirements to ensure he was doing as much as possible to keep me informed and make me feel well looked after. This was exceptional service.

Emma was extremely helpful throughout the process of drafting our legal documents and always happy to answer my many questions along the way! I would highly recommend Rosewood to anyone seeking legal advice

I would like to thank all those involved at Rosewoods including yourself (Dev) for all the meetings, phone calls and the preparation, editing and final production of the necessary documentation for the hearing and being instrumental in the outcome.  I can't thank you all enough.  We'll now see how it goes from here.  I would now like to think that this is all done and dusted but should I ever need legal help in the future, I shall be returning to Rosewoods.

Emma was really helpful, friendly and approachable. I knew that if I had a question, she was happy to help or answer it as soon as possible.

I can honestly say that the best decision I made was coming to Rosewood solicitors. From the minute I called up to the very end, the service, understanding nature, support and advice was outstanding. I was not expecting the result I got and I felt that Dev, Sarah, and the barrister went above and beyond to support and help me through. I would recommend Dev and team without any hesitation. If I am ever in need of legal support or advice in the future I would only ever contact this firm. I could never thank them enough.

Emma Patel is a first rate solicitor - she gives her honest assessment in an empathetic and caring way, even when it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I hope to not need her services again but if I should I would have no hesitation in calling or recommending her.

My children and I used Rosewood Solicitors in a domestic abuse situation. They completely accepted and understood our situation and couldn't have done a better job in carrying out our wishes exactly as we wanted. We are so happy with the whole service we received from all staff members, we are very grateful.

Emma was very friendly, efficient and professional. She was willing to advise and fight for what was fair. In hindsight, the outcome was a great one in a very flawed system.

My Solicitor (Dev) made me feel comfortable discussing the case with me, provided sound advice and did his very best by me. I was made to feel that I really mattered to him, something which helped keep me strong through a very difficult period of my life.

Thank you Dev, you helped us so much I really appreciate what you did - thank you.

Both Dev & Michael (Counsel) did their utmost to keep me informed and support me, thank you.

Dev has been calm, clear and sympathetic, helping me through a situation I didn't understand and had no experience of. I really appreciate the time he has taken on my behalf, both with interviews and explaining how the system works and what to expect.

I would be more than happy to recommend Emma and her team to anyone who needs the service of a solicitor. She set realistic expectations from the start and was a great support throughout.

Dev’s responsiveness and a caring and understanding approach made a huge difference in being able to cope at a very difficult time.