Family

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Simon Craddock

Partner and Head of Family Banbury

Insolvency

Mediation

A break-up or divorce is more than just the end of a partnership. It is separation in a much wider context, where assets, liabilities and responsibilities are listed and divided up. And it’s rarely just about the two people at its centre. 

Deciding to separate is one thing. Working out how to unpick the strands of your relationship is another. Regardless of your feelings for your soon-to-be ex, each of you will need to be fair and take into account the other’s rights and long-term interests. And if you have children, their needs rank highest of all. 

It isn’t easy to get to grips with the practical and legal aspects of separation, particularly when – as in most cases – emotions are running high. Talk to our team of family law experts. They’ll run through your options and they’ll explain why a process of mediation could be the clear route to resolution you need. 

Mediation is an alternative to asking the courts to decide the terms of your break-up. It’s a process which is completely voluntary, so neither you nor your partner can be forced into it or forced to see it through. It’s all about ironing out differences with the help of a third party who encourages the parties to work through the various issues that need to be sorted out. 

These trained, impartial mediators will bring you and your partner together, identify areas of disagreement and help to negotiate future plans about your family. Typical outcomes include agreement about where the children will live and when they will see each parent. You will also be able to work through your finances and property and decide who should get what.

Our mediation specialist has experience of a wide variety of family situations, and has been alongside mothers, fathers, step-parents, grandparents and those without children in the lead-up to and at mediations. We have helped negotiate terms of separation which are fair and workable, and we’ve been there to give customers confidence when they’re feeling unsure.  

Useful links:
Resolution

Brethertons is a member of Resolution, a panel of lawyers dedicated to resolving family problems with a non-confrontational approach.
http://www.resolution.org.uk/ 

Ministry of Justice
Works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public.
http://www.justice.gov.uk/ 

Family Mediators Association
A membership organisation for family mediators representing over 400 family mediators.
http://thefma.co.uk/

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