April 04, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Mediation is often marketed as being a quicker, easier and cheaper method of separation for couples who want to avoid going to court over their divorce. But does this alternative form of dispute resolution really offer an all-round simpler solution?
The first thing to realise about mediation is that it is not a form of counselling. The role of a mediator-solicitor is to bring together both parties to find the best outcome for everyone involved. Your mediator takes an independent position and is not able to act as a legal representative for either of you, or take sides. However, ...
January 16, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
January often brings a spike in enquiries for divorce and separation. The festive period can be stressful for couples and families, revealing underlying cracks in a relationship and prompting the decision to make a change. The new year is a time for new starts, and despite the gloomy weather, January can be a productive month for making resolutions. And, as with any resolution you intend to keep – whether you’re trying to give up smoking, cut down on alcohol, get fit, or end a toxic relationship – little steps are more effective than trying to take big leaps. When faced with a separation, attempting to take on everything at once will leave you confused and ...
October 25, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Mediation has become increasingly popular since 2011 as an alternative method of dispute resolution for couples who are looking to separate or divorce. Mediation can be a really useful way of sorting out all the details and practicalities like finances, savings and contact arrangements for children. Because you’re working with an objective third party, mediation tends to help the process move along in a positive direction rather than going round and round in circles. Many couples need a little extra support to see their situation clearly and to avoid getting bogged down in the emotionally-charged ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of their circumstances. As mediation-trained lawyers, we basically sit you down and say: “Right, let’s sort this ...