Are you going through a difficult separation or divorce?
Separation and divorce can both be extremely difficult and distressing times for all concerned, and often the complex web of emotions involved means that getting both parties to reach joint decisions can be problematic.
National Family Mediation are a registered charity dedicated to providing support and mediation services to families in the process of a breakdown, and they have been kind enough to provide us with a guest post featuring information about their valuable service:
|National Family Mediation is the largest provider of mediation in the country.We have a network of 47 services delivering 16,000 mediations a year.Matt Rider from Berkshire has just finished mediation which worked well for him and his former wife.He says, “Divorce is never easy and I was particularly concerned about reaching a financial settlement that was fair to both of us and would provide for and protect our son. The last thing we wanted was any resentment on either side as we have to work together as parents for a long time yet. We had three meetings with the same two mediators and they were both fantastic – informing us both equally and staying true to what we both wanted. They were friendly, understanding with a vast amount of practical knowledge and documented everything for us. We now have an agreement that is very thorough, very fair and will ensure that we can both move on with the absolute minimum of resentment or reproach. I would thoroughly recommend mediation whatever your relationship with your ex-partner and especially if you have children. It saved us both so much pain and probably a vast amount of solicitor’s fees too!”
Mediation reduces the conflict in divorce and enables people to make their own arrangements for children, property and finance. Our mediators are trained in all aspects of family law and most important – mediation is quicker and cheaper than going to court. Cuts in legal aid next year will mean that people will no longer be able to claim legal aid for advice from a solicitor, but they will still be able to claim legal aid for mediation. National Family Mediation is currently working with some solicitors to provide fixed fee divorce packages at a reduced rate from solicitors, who can offer legal advice to individuals working alongside mediation. To find out more and to find a service near you please visit our website.
If you have been affected by the issues discussed within this article you may also benefit from discussing your experiences with a professional counsellor in confidence. In life, much of our happiness stems our relationships, and when one comes to an end it can be very difficult to move on. A counsellor may be able to help you understand previous relationships, allowing you to move forward with positivity. Visit our Relationship Issues page for more information.