Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 13 – Financial Dispute Resolution

October 16, 2013, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Financial Dispute Resolution:  This is the second court appointment when financial proceedings have been issued through the courts.  The purpose of the hearing is to encourage parties to negotiate.  It is a without prejudice hearing which means that parties will not later be held to negotiations that have taken place if no resolution is achieved.  The Judge will usually offer an opinion as to how he or she would deal with the case if it went to a final hearing.  The purpose of this indication is to assist and promote negotiations as much as possible.

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