Negotiation before hearing
Question… am I able to negotiate with the other party before the hearing? I have a FHDRA hearing next week and want to negotiate with the other party Solictors.
at every hearing… the other sides legal representative always approaches me.
do they legally have to do this?
can I approach their solicitor? Would they approach me?
Yes, you can negotiate before the hearing. In fact, it is encouraged by the court. They would much rather the parties came to an agreement between themselves rather than imposing something on them, or one side 'winning'. You can approach their solicitor or they may approach you. They will want to know your position before going into court. Its not a legal requirement, but a practical one to help proceedings progress smoothly. Have you thought about mediation? Legal aid is available for this subject to low income etc. If you feel court may be difficult you can offer this at court.
Yes you can discuss issues with other solicitor before the hearing or in between. But if your uncomfortable or not happy with their proposals, you can disagree.
Have you tried mediation? This is defintely encouraged by the court, and is a recognised way of coming to an agreement.