Without couples willing to find a more civilised way of resolving issues on separation and divorce, there would be no mediation and no collaborative law. That there is, bears testament to many couples who are prepared to try an approach that really values what they have to say and what matters to them most.
Family Mediation and Collaborative Law both offer a real alternative to the traditional way of resolving disputes. They allow the real concerns of clients to be heard and taken notice of in a way that is often not possible in the traditional court based approach. They offer an approach that gives clients their own voice and real control over the outcome whilst helping clients see things from their partner’s and their children’s perspectives.
What have Clients said about the process? Perhaps this is best summed up by a few quotes:
‘It really was by far the best thing we could have done. We would have been more damaged without it’.
‘We made the right decision to deal with our problems in mediation and I feel that, although we are separated, our family is still intact’.
‘I am so pleased that, having been partners for over 20 years, we are in a good place and don’t hate each other’. ‘Our Children, aged 15 and 13, were reassured about seeing us work together to resolve our differences’.
‘This is far better than anything our friends who have divorced in the traditional way have experienced’.
The Emotional Effects of Separation and Divorce
Whatever the reasons for the breakdown of your relationship, it is rarely an easy emotional ride for the couple, the children, family or friends. However, with the right approach and support from trained professionals who promote alternative forms of dispute resolution the process can be considerably improved and positive plans for the future can begin to take shape for the benefit of the whole family.
How can I find help?
It is important to make sure your Lawyer is trained to be able to offer Family Mediation or Collaborative Law
Resolution is a national organisation committed to promoting family mediation and other non-court based means of resolving family disputes. They are able to provide details of Family Mediators and Collaborative Lawyers in your area.
The Law Society provides details of lawyers who have earned special recognition in Family Mediation and accredited specialist members of the Family Mediation Panel.
At Johnson Clark Solicitors we are able to offer you a choice of all forms of dispute resolution and we are very happy to explore the best options with you according to your individual needs. We are always willing to undertake home visits and offer evening appointments.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.