Family mediation – what do you need to know?

Family mediation – what do you need to know?

What does a family mediator do? The mediator’s role is help a separated couple reach a mutual decision. The mediator facilitates discussion, explores solutions and helps both parties find a workable settlement. There are two types of mediators. Consider whether you see a lawyer-mediator (i.e. legally trained) or a non-lawyer mediator (i.e. a ...

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Talking to your children about separation: tips for parents

Talking to your children about separation: tips for parents

In my experience as a family solicitor and mediator, I am often asked to provide guidance to a parent (or both parents in the mediation process) about ways in which they can talk to their children about separation. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. When parents separate, especially in circumstances when the separation was not a mutual dec...

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5 tips for shared parenting during the festive season

5 tips for shared parenting during the festive season

Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for separated parents if they have not yet agreed the arrangements for the children. Unless it is not in the children’s best interests, the presumption is that the children spend time with both parents during the Christmas holidays. How you divide the time will depend on the individual […]

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Advantages of family mediation

Advantages of family mediation

Mediation can take a broader approach than litigation, addressing issues individual to the people involved, which allow for more creative and personalised solutions. Other advantages include: You both decide the pace of progress by scheduling more or less frequent appointments, which are not subject to the same timetabling issues as court proceedin...

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