If mediation is not for you:
Early Neutral Evaluation Scheme: Through our links with Fountain Chambers we have access to a panel of expert barristers who are able to consider your circumstances and provide an opinion as to the likely outcome if the matter were to proceed to court. If you are interested please download the "Early Neutral Evaluation Scheme" factsheet or contact Emma or Ryan on 01642 260455.
Direct Access to a Barrister: Many barristers now offer 'direct access'. This means that you can go to them direct. Barristers cannot do all of the things that a solicitor could help you with. If, however, there are specific elements of legal advice you need (e.g. drafting applications, drafting court orders, representation at a particular hearing or just some face-
See a Solicitor: Although public funding (what was legal aid) has been removed for the majority of cases involving family breakdown -
Free legal advice: some free legal advice may be available from the Citizens' Advice Bureau. Alternatively Teesside University run a free law clinic. They cannot cover all areas of law but to see if they can help contact 01642 738738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaborative law: in this process the parties would sit down together with their own collaboratively trained lawyers and all parties would attempt to reach a solution together. Both parties and their lawyers would sign an agreement to try to resolve the issues, and not resort to court proceedings. If this process beaks down new lawyers would have to be appointed by both parties before the case could go to court. This option is not available for legally aided clients.