If the individuals concerned refuse to talk to one another or there is simply too much in issue between them to enable them to reach agreement, matters can still often be resolved through the involvement of solicitors.
If everyone concerned wants to resolve matters without getting involved in Court proceedings, it is often possible for a specialist mediator to be appointed by all the parties to help mediate the dispute.
This involves the parties attending meetings with the mediator at which they will each be given the opportunity to put their case forward.
The mediator will then try to broker a settlement which is acceptable to all concerned.
When the parties are faced with the alternative of expensive and uncertain Court proceedings the complete and permanent breakdown of relations or both, they will often see the attraction of reaching a negotiated compromise.