Family and relationship breakdown is one of the toughest things anyone can experience and it can be particularly complicated if you have children.
It is often our instinct to harden against our former partner/spouse. Experience has shown me that, unfortunately, this is often made worse by a family justice system that still tends to pit people against each other.
Mediation is not about declaring war on your ex.
It’s about both of you doing your best to sort out the practical things that need to be dealt with, guided by me.
It’s about having a space to deal with the feelings of sadness and anger so that you are able to deal with the legal issues together.
It’s about finding a way through a difficult situation with dignity and being able to look back knowing that your own reactions and behaviour were ok.
As a mediator who is both therapeutically and legally trained, I can help you achieve these things.
Mediation is less expensive than going to court and causes less emotional damage to you and your family.
I can help with situations including arrangements for seeing your children, schooling, financial support and the practicalities of separating out property and belongings.
I also help clients negotiate pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.
What you can expect
- A warm, informal and compassionate atmosphere
- Straightforward, easy to understand explanations of the legal process
- No legal jargon (or if I need to use it, I will explain what it means!)
- Straight-talking guidance as to what a court may do in your situation
- A legal document setting out the conclusion you have reached
You may have a solicitor to give you legal advice alongside the mediation process. If you don’t, and you’d like one, I can suggest a good solicitor to help you.
*While I do offer sessions where I can explain more about mediation, I do not offer statutory mediation information and assessment meetings.