A: It is always preferable to settle family law disputes outside of court. Negotiated settlements are enforceable orders that have all the same power as an order made by a Judge or Master. A separation agreement or a mediated settlement usually take far less time then going to court and cost less in legal fees. This keeps a family’s hard-earned money in their pockets where it belongs! Settlements are not published, which keeps your private business PRIVATE! Another benefit is that you have some say into who the lawyers, mediators and arbitrators are who work with your family, and the final resolution can be reached sooner.
Let’s face it, sometimes there are people involved who we have no control over. These individuals are unable or unwilling to act reasonably, or sometimes their idea of what is fair is very different from yours. They may have no information or poor information about how the law applies to them. When there is no other choice but to seek the judgement of the court, Swiftsure Law is prepared to present your strongest possible case for the judge to resolve the issues regardless of the positions taken by the other side.
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