09 August 2013
We know that couples are now more willing to find a civilised way of resolving issues when faced with the anxiety and stress of separation and divorce.
An increasing number of couples are prepared to try an approach that can often be very cost effective whilst really valuing what they have to say and what matters to them most.
Family Mediation and the Collaborative Law process offer really effective alternatives to what is perceived to be the ‘traditional’ way of resolving family disputes (when couples’ solicitors exchange protracted correspondence which can often lead to misunderstandings, can cause unnecessary conflict, worry, anxiety and increased expense.
Clients are given their own voice and real control over the outcome and are supported and helped to see things from their partner’s and their children’s perspectives. The long term outcomes are cost effective and positive and couples can and do begin to rebuild their lives apart so that life begins to feels better again.
Couples who find themselves in these difficult situations report on their positive experiences of the Family Mediation and Collaborative Law process: Many report that it was by far the best thing they could have done, that they feel sure they would have been more damaged without the support that these processes offer and that the emotional support and guidance they receive through working together enables them to achieve sensible, fair, positive outcomes which are often far better than anything achieved by their family or friends who have dealt with their divorce or separation in the traditional way.
Whatever the reasons for the breakdown of a relationship, it is rarely an easy emotional ride for the couple, their children or for their family and friends. However, with the right approach and support from trained professionals who positively promote 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: a national organisation committed to promoting family mediation and collaborative law as a means of resolving family disputes providing details of Family Mediators and Collaborative Lawyers in your area.
The Law Society provide details of lawyers who have earned special recognition in Family Mediation and are Accredited specialist members of the Family Mediation Panel.
A well trained family Lawyer will always offer a choice of all forms of dispute resolution. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.