If you’re going through relationship breakdown or divorce and live in Ringwood or New Forest area, here is an alternative to the confrontation, stress and expense of fighting at court. If both parties are willing to see where working together to resolve any problems will get them, then family mediation could be the answer.
The specialist family law and divorce team here at Bonallack and Bishop, understand how very distressing life can become when a relationship breaks down – when divorce, separation, disputes involving children and finance amongst other factors, become pressing and often very emotional issues.
In short, settling family legal disputes and divorce is sadly often extremely emotional and stressful – particularly if involves a fully contested court hearing.
It’s our experience over many years that mediation can radically reduce the stress and cost of finalising a settlement – by avoiding a lengthy and confrontational battle through the courts. And that’s where our trained and accredited jointly qualified family lawyers/mediators can help.
For the right people, and it does’t work for everyone, family mediation is an excellent way of dealing with your issues which we recommend you seriously consider.
That’s why our family law team now includes 3 qualified family lawyers/mediators and why we have a long standing commitment to both training our own family and divorce lawyers as mediators and encouraging people to use these highly effective methods where appropriate.
Why does family mediation work so well?
Divorce and family breakdown puts a terrible strain on your family, your emotions and your finances.
Mediation works so well simply because it focuses on the parties co-operating towards a positive solution – rather than seeing individual issues to be fought over and points to be scored.
With mediation you avoid endless correspondence shuttling back to and fro between solicitors trying to score points. With mediation you avoid the huge delay, stress and expense of having to go to court.
But don’t just take our word for it.
A extensive UK government report a few years back prove conclusively that family mediation it is significantly cheaper and quicker going to court.
To read more about how mediation actually works – click here.
Family mediation – how can help your children cope with relationship breakdown
Going through a family separation or divorce is often highly stressful and upsetting not just for the couple, but for everyone involved. People have the whole range of emotions from hurt through to anger or guilt, and when children are involved in the break up, worries about the effects of the split on the children can be devastating.
What’s more, sadly some parents are not aware of the full effects of their divorce or separation on their children.
Children often find it difficult to express their feelings and can’t open up about how they are feeling and parents who are absorbed in their own emotional turmoil over divorce are often oblivious to the feelings of the children.
Children often put on a brave face and pretend everything is fine because they know how upset their parents are and don’t want to make things worse
With mediation helping parents reach joint agreements about practical arrangements for the children and the family home, for example, children can benefit significantly – because they know that their parents have worked together to solve the problem, which is really important for their peace of mind, especially with teenagers and older children.
And perhaps most important of all, successful family mediation shows that despite breaking up, parents can still work together for the benefit of the family. This is so important to children and for this reason alone, family mediation can really help your children cope with the pain of divorce and separation
Does family mediation work for everyone?
Sadly taking the sting out of divorce or relationship breakdown with the help of family mediators doesn’t suit everyone – so, before you make your decision, by not speak to one of our experienced family mediators to see if it’s the right approach for you both. In particular, you both have to be committed towards jointly finding an acceptable solution to your problems. And that usually involves compromise.
If you or your partner see your family law problem as simply a battle to be won, then you will probably be better off avoiding family mediation.
But if you and your ex-partner are not in a place where you feel you can co-operate, our experienced legal team will still be able to ensure that your divorce or other relationship breakdown issues are finalised as rapidly and with as little distress to you as is possible.
Ringwood Family Law Breakdown – FREE Specialist Legal Advice – Just Call (01425) 652110
Here at Bonallack and Bishop, when it comes to family law and divorce, we offer 2 types of legal advice absolutely FREE – with no obligation and no strings attached.
- initial phone advice Just call us on (01425) 652110
- your first 30 minute appointment
So there’s no reason at all to suffer in silence.
Put your mind at rest. Call one of our team today and find out where you stand – and if family mediation could work for you
Are all family mediators also trained lawyers?
No – some mediators have absolutely no legal training, although they may have qualified as a mediator. In our opinion, when dealing with divorce or other family law issues, it’s really important for your mediator to be an experienced lawyer as well – with years of experience of dealing with family law issues, and a full understanding of the options available.
Both of our trained and accredited mediators are also highly experienced family lawyers – family law and family mediation is all they do.
Coming to a financial settlement using mediation
When it comes to arrangements about finances, it is important that the mediator has access to all relevant information and documents so that they can reach the fairest agreement possible. Revealing all the relevant information is called full financial disclosure and is a legal requirement as it is the only way to ensure that the case is settled fairly.
Live In Ringwood? Looking for Family Mediators? Call us today
If you’re going through a divorce or relationship breakdown, make sure you get the right legal advice at the earliest stage. Contact our jointly accredited family lawyer/mediators today.
- Just call us on FORDINGBRIDGE (01425) 652110 or SALISBURY (01722) 422300 OR
- E-mail us using the online enquiry form below: