Sintons supports Good Divorce Week 2022


Law firm Sintons is again giving its support to Good Divorce Week, which this year highlights the crisis in the family courts and promotes ways in which families can seek to resolve matters in other ways.

Good Divorce Week 2022 runs from November 28 to December 2 and is organised by Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who aim to resolve family law issues in a constructive way.

The well-documented backlog in family courts, both in terms of dealing with listings and administrative tasks, is seeing increasing numbers of families waiting for long periods of time to conclude financial matters and make arrangements for children.

Through promoting the options around alternative forms of dispute resolution – in situations where it is safe and appropriate to do so – Good Divorce Week is shining a light on how families could move forward despite the current delays and pressure on the court system.

Sintons – whose family team is one of the best-rated in the North of England – is holding a number of events throughout the week in support of Good Divorce Week and its message.

In addition to sharing insight through online written and podcast content, Sintons family team are also planning:

  • Monday, November 28 – an article on our website focusing on negotiation. Some would say the most straight forward method of alternative dispute resolution. The article will outline the benefits of both private negotiation and negotiation via solicitor correspondence
  • Tuesday, November 29 – a family law clinic from 2pm to 5pm offering free 30-minute appointments – If you are interested in a free 30 minute session, please send your details by Tuesday 30th November 2022 to andrew.white@sintons.co.uk and complete the initial enquiry form on our website
  • Wednesday, November 30 – a podcast with Sue McArthur, mediator at EMG Solicitors, focusing on how the mediation process works, the benefits of such and how mediation can be a great tool for parties going through a divorce or separation
  • Thursday, December 1 – a presentation will be held exploring how arbitration can support families in resolving their dispute. Arbitration is the form of alternative dispute resolution which most closely reflects the court process but we will be explaining how and why arbitration can be a more timely and cost effective method for resolving family disputes than making an application to court
  • Friday, December 2 – a Q&A session will be held at 10am looking at collaborative practice.

Louise Masters, head of family law at Sintons – one of the top-rated family lawyers in the North and a member of Resolution – says: “Divorce and separation is of course a very difficult time for families, which we know is being exacerbated greatly by the delays that are being faced in their case being dealt with by the courts.

“We are always keen to explore options that avoid courts where appropriate, and continually look at the potential for this for our clients, and Good Divorce Week is a welcome opportunity to promote this more widely.

“By looking at alternative forms of dispute resolution, this can help in settling matters in a more amicable and timely way without the need to go via the courts – this can be very important, particularly in the current climate, and we hope people can learn a lot more about their options through the content and events we have planned for Good Divorce Week.”


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