The Private FDR - achieving settlement

David Burles writes about the art of achieving settlement at a Private FDR for Family Law Journal.

Every financial remedy dispute should settle at, or shortly after, an FDR. Certainly, without the need for a final hearing. There are those that suggest that certain types of case are incapable of compromise or are somehow 'un-FDR-able' - but that defies all logic. Think about it - if a case does not settle at FDR, it will proceed inexorably to a final hearing where an outcome will be imposed by a Judge or by an arbitrator. Nobody acting logically would expose themselves to the huge cost, delay and strain of a final hearing in many months' time when they can achieve that same result today and thereby have more money and less stress....

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This article was first publised in the May edition of the Lexis®PSL Family Law Journal. 

About David Burles

David specialises in family-related financial disputes as well as private law issues in respect of children. David was appointed as a DDJ in 2007, is a ticketed financial remedy judge and for many years has sat in the CFC undertaking specialist financial work in the 'complexity' stream. 

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