The reasons why a relationship breaks down are as complex as the factors which encourage couples to marry or live together in the first place. Where separation takes place more in sorrow than in anger, people are often able to focus on the practical issues and reach an agreement about the arrangements for their children and how to conduct their financial affairs without any outside assistance.
When one or both partners are not entirely emotionally detached, discussions between a separating couple in the presence of a third party, can be a more helpful means of dealing with the practicalities of separation; than letters between solicitors or Court proceedings.
Contact James Muir-Little who is a member of the Family Mediators Association and Head of Family Law on 01227 763939, or use the form on the right to send us an enquiry.
If you have children then you will continue to have ongoing discussions relating to the children's upbringing and the amount of time that they spend with each of you. If you have made joint decisions about arrangements for your separate lives and the lives of your children, at the end of your relationship; you are more likely to cope with the unexpected in the future.
Even if you do not have children, or if your children are grown up, practical and financial arrangements which have been discussed between you and accepted, possibly with reservations, on both sides, are likely to be more acceptable than a settlement imposed upon you.
James Muir-Little is a member of the Family Mediators Association, having trained as a mediator in 1997. He can assist you in trying to reach agreements in relation to your children or in relation to financial matters.
Although mediation is a very different process from litigation or giving legal advice, his long experience as a family lawyer and as an advanced member of the Law Society's family panel, and accredited specialist member of Resolutions specialising in high-value financial settlements and children more than enables him to foresee many of the problems which your agreement may need to encompass and suggest solutions which have worked for other people in similar situations.
Furley Page is recommended by The Legal 500 for advising on Family law.
The Legal 500 2012 : Family