Supporting you through Mediation
There is a common misconception that mediation is about trying to put a relationship back together. It is not a form of counselling but a forward looking process designed to help couples, who are separating, to reach agreement over all aspects of their separation.
Mediation is voluntary so you have both got to be willing to give it a go. Usually the mediator will provide an introductory appointment to explain the process in more detail and to understand which areas the couple wish to discuss within the mediation – whether it is sorting out financial matters or arrangements for the children, or both.
Typically there will be three or four sessions of mediation to reach agreement. Both of you will have your own separate legal advice outside of the mediation process so that you can be sure that you are reaching a fair and workable outcome.
Mediation helps to keep the channels of communication open and saves the cost of resorting to Court proceedings on divorce.
Our Family team can support you throughout the mediation process providing legal advice and drawing up the necessary divorce or separation paperwork when the mediation is concluded.
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Q: I am divorced but when my former spouse and I separated things were amicable and we kept financial agreements friendly as opposed to legally binding.
There’s no doubt that the continuing “stay at home” orders have put a strain on relationships, but for those who are heading for divorce, the pandemic has been particularly difficult.
Last Monday was National Divorce Day - so called because it is the first Monday “back to normal” after Christmas, the bills start landing on the doormat and frayed couples have spent too long in close proximity. However, as the numbers of separations are largely on the decline, it seems there is a rise in the “silver splitter” - and if you’re one of them, you might find you’re in for a financial windfall.
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Monday 6 January was dubbed “Divorce Day” by those in the legal profession, as it is the day forecast to be the most likely that couples will start proceedings to separate. However, this year, Divorce Day saw something of a reunification, as the Government re-convened over introducing a “no-fault” divorce.
With Christmas behind us for another year, the prospect of long dark days of January can take their toll on the best of us. Plus, as the Christmas credit card bills start landing on the doormat, it’s hardly surprising to see why this time of year is also known as Divorce Season.
One of the busiest times of the year for a family lawyer is January. There are more new divorce clients than at any other time of the year. This is often attributed to the pressure of the family being together at Christmas. Yule being the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Christmas and the lead up to it should be an exciting and memorable time for children and rewarding for their parents. Christmas is a busy and sometimes stressful period, getting everything prepared for the big day. For parents who have separated, this stress is magnified significantly as they try to organise themselves, their own families and agreeing what’s best for the children.
In my line of work, I tend to see the statistic of one in three marriages ending in divorce in real life. Whilst many will say signing a pre-nup is one of many things they wish they knew before they get married quite often, separated parties will ask me things they need to know before they get divorced.