A private FDR can help you to resolve disputes over finances in a way that is tailored to your needs and without having to wait for a court date.
One of the stages of a matrimonial finance (financial remedy) application is the ‘FDR’ – the Financial Dispute Resolution hearing – at which a judge offers their ‘early neutral evaluation’ of the likely outcome of the application. The purpose is to help the parties towards settlement, but the judge does not have the power to make an order if they can’t agree.
Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is an established process in court, in relation to both financial applications (where there will be a Financial Dispute Resolution hearing) and children disputes (where there will be a Dispute Resolution Hearing).
However, court FDRs have their limitations.
Family disputes are often about more than one area: for instance, children and money. An FDR will only be able to deal with finances.
Because court lists are congested, there is usually a considerable delay before the FDR takes place, and, through no fault of their own, the judges assigned to deal with FDRs have not always had the chance to read the papers and prepare fully for the hearing.
The FDR can only take place at a specified time in the progress of a case, and delays can drive up costs and extend a stressful situation for both parties.
Becket Chambers can offer private early neutral evaluation, sometimes known as a Private FDR. As in a court FDR, the evaluator encourages the parties towards settlement and (unlike mediation) expresses a clear view on the likely outcome if the dispute were to go to court. However, there is no power to impose a settlement.
Our ENE service at Becket Chambers is a bespoke service that can be designed to meet the requirements of your individual case, with the ability for guidance to be provided for both simple issues as well as more complex ones. You can book as long or as short an appointment as needed.
The additional benefits of having a barrister conduct a Private FDR are:
Our Family Law barristers are experts in all aspects of law covering children, matrimonial finance and property. We act for divorcing or separating couples, parents and other family and local authorities.
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