Alternatives to court

The Stephens Scown family team is ranked as the best solicitors for divorce, children law and family law in the region.


The breakdown of a relationship can be harrowing, and made more distressing by the prospect of taking matters to court. Once that step has been taken, any residual goodwill towards the other party often disappears – with an effect on families that can cause further rifts.

Collaborative law, a better alternative

Collaborative law is one of the alternatives to court.  It’s a way to resolve family disputes without the pressures of court proceedings. It involves face-to-face meetings between you and your partner – each of you being represented by a solicitor to find agreeable solutions. The benefits include:

  • no courtroom animosity
  • no final judge’s decision
  • you set the agenda on issues most relevant to you
  • the proceedings are confidential, not aired in public
  • collaborative law can be less costly
  • lower emotional impact on you and your children

Your best alternative

Our family law team has been ranked as the best in Devon and Cornwall by Chambers and The Legal 500, the two leading independent legal guides. We have a passionate belief that going to court should be a last resort. If your best interests can be served in a better way, we have the experience and knowledge to show you how.

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