Does family mediation and collaborative law suit everyone?

The painful silence

Separation and divorce are often times in life when emotions are raw, old certainties have painfully evaporated and trust in an ex-partner might have turned to dust. It is the one time in a person’s life when clarity of communication between them and their ‘ex’ could start to build a stable foundation for future relations, but when usually effective communication can be at its most difficult to achieve; indeed poor communication is a very common contributory factor in relationship break-ups.

Talking helps

Family mediation and collaborative law both offer frameworks within which to establish the much needed communication required to reach a fair, balanced agreement in a mutually respectful way, without the hugely expensive recourse to going to court. Might the parties be ready for either of these approaches? How can they be sure?

Might it work?

Since April 2011 ex-partners considering settling their separation agreement in court have been required to separately attend a meeting with a professional mediator to discover if they are both in a space that would allow them to benefit from alternatives to the court option. In circumstances where one partner has abused the other or the children, physically, sexually, psychologically or economically the family mediation and collaborative law options are immediately excluded and the divorce settlement would have to be handled in court. In other circumstances there might be real hope for either of these exceptionally successful approaches.

A principled approach

Essentially both parties have to be willing to accept mediation or collaborative law and feel that one or other is a suitable method for them. Both are voluntary processes. In mediation there is no blame apportioned and the mediator does not undertake to advise or take a partisan position; he or she is neutral communication facilitator. Such a dynamic might of course prove to be less than optimally effective if one of the parties is clearly a much more dominant personality than the other.

Incentives

In collaborative law, a process which can prove to be as expensive as taking the matter to court, each party is accompanied in the meetings by their collaboratively trained solicitor and so the issue of the dominant personality gaining some advantage is usually neutralised. Over and above the initial goodwill necessary to initiate the process, the major incentives to make collaborative law work is that should it fail, the parties are forced to find other solicitors to represent them and disclosures made during the process cannot be subsequently presented in court. There is also the huge benefit of avoiding a confrontational arena which offers little opportunity for direct involvement by the divorcing couple and every prospect of stripping one or both of the parties of their emotional energy, money and dignity.

Not for everyone

Of course in some cases where heads remain hot and hearts remain broken, the desire of one party to impoverish and psychologically distress the other will render both family mediation and collaborative law unsuitable options. A high level of openness and honesty are required to make either approach work – hidden agendas will usually bring about the failure of either option. Thus we see quite clearly that whilst family mediation and collaborative law will not be suitable for everyone, they remain bright beacons of hope for the majority.

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Ringwood Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

Everything changes when you get divorced. Your financial situation becomes uncertain and you are likely to see your children less than you used to. It is therefore crucial that you and your ex-partner make fair arrangements during your divorce proceedings and avoid falling into the bitter disputes that so often plague separating couples. By using family mediation or collaborative law you can avoid the acrimony, cost and delay so often associated with traditional divorce proceedings saving yourself great strain and dignity in the process. Here at Bonallack & Bishop, we are committed to mediation and collaborative law and can help separating couples in Ringwood achieve fair resolutions for their divorce disputes.

FAMILY LAW ADVICE TO SEPARATING COUPLES IN RINGWOOD

Couples who are willing to sit down with each other in the company of specialist family lawyers in order to resolve their disputes accordantly often find that family mediation and collaborative law saves them a considerable amount of money in legal fees due to the greater ease with which solutions can be found. However, couples who will simply argue with each other throughout the divorce process and are unwilling to cooperate will not benefit from the process.

CONTACT OUR FAMILY MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW EXPERTS ON [01722] 422300

If your separation, divorce or civil partnership dissolution is appropriate for either of these dispute resolution method our fully accredited collaborative lawyers and jointly trained lawyers/family mediators will be able to tell.

Both your initial telephone advice and your first 30-minute appointment are FREE of charge, so why delay?

Call [01722] 422300 and get your first phone consultation FREE of charge, on top of your FREE first 30 minutes appointment.

Alternatively, you can reach us via email at advice@familymediationcollaborativelaw.co.uk

Blandford Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

When divorce is mentioned, many people immediately think of bitterness, argument, expense and a lengthy battle over finances and contact with children. Thankfully, divorce need not be like this. Bonallack & Bishop’s team of family law experts firmly believes that divorce need not be so draining and by using family mediation and collaborative law we have been able to help many families resolve the disputes arising from their divorces more swiftly, amicably and cost-effectively than would have been possible through traditional divorce proceedings.

CALL BONALLACK & BISHOP FOR BLANDFORD FAMILY MEDIATION OR COLLABORATIVE LAW ADVICE

Couples who believe that they can talk through their issues in order to reach practical solutions could make great gains using family mediation or collaborative law. These methods of dispute resolution provide platforms for separating spouses, cohabiting couples or civil partners to reach solutions together with the aid of expert legal professionals. However, these methods are not for everyone and couples who will argue bitterly throughout the divorce process should go through the courts.

CALL [01722] 422300 FOR MEDIATIONSPECIALISTS

If you live in Blandford and you would like to learn more about either of these dispute resolution methods, contact one of our fully trained collaborative lawyers or family mediators today.

As well as receiving FREE advice the first time you call, you will get a FREE first appointment with one of our experts.

Phone [01722] 422300 or

Send an email to advice@familymediationcollaborativelaw.co.uk.

Romsey Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

The issues you confront during divorce proceedings are enormously important. When making arrangements that affect your children’s lives and your future financial security you want to make sure that you get it right. However, so many people let bitter feuds with their ex-partner get in the way of achieving fair divorce settlements. Those who can put their differences aside however could save time, money and emotional strain by using family mediation and collaborative law, two alternative forms of dispute resolution which Bonallack & Bishop can offer to clients in Romsey.

ROMSEY FAMILY MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW EXPERTS

It is important to note that family mediation and collaborative law will not be appropriate in all circumstances. Some couples differences will simply cause too much argument for either of theses dispute resolution methods to be effective. However, couples who feel that they can negotiate with each other in order to reach the fairest deal for both parties could enjoy excellent results and can save themselves a great deal of heartache in the process.

REACH OUR SPECIALIST FAMILY LAW TEAM ON 01264 364433

Call today and our expert family law team will be able to tell you whether or not your divorce case is well suited to either collaborative law or family mediation. Our collaborative lawyers and family mediators only practice family law so your advice will be coming from specialists.

Both your initial telephone advice and your first 30-minute appointment are FREE of charge, so why delay?

Call 01264 364433 or

Email the team at advice@familymediationcollaborativelaw.co.uk

Sherborne Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

With all the bitterness involved in the often arduous divorce process it is not surprising that many people end up with divorce settlements that do not fully account for the needs. Your divorce settlement should recognise issues as important as your finances and contact arrangements for your children, so it is crucial that you make the right decisions.  Here at Bonallack & Bishop, we use family mediation and collaborative law to help you resolve the disputes arising from divorce expeditiously and in our experience, these routes prove more cost-effective and less acrimonious.

BONALLACK & BISHOP – HELPING CLIENTS IN SHERBOURNE WITH FAMILY MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW

Separating couples in Sherborne who are willing to talk through the issues that arise during their divorce stand to reap great benefits from family mediation or collaborative law. Discussing matters calmly and in the presence of legal experts facilitates the creation of fair agreements for both parties. These dispute resolution methods are not appropriate to everyone though and couples who are not willing to cooperate with each other are unlikely to benefit.

CALL OUR EXPERTS TODAY FOR FREE FAMILY MEDIATION ADVICE

Our dedicated family law team features 2 fully accredited collaborative lawyers and 3 family mediators who are also qualified lawyers. We therefore have all the expertise that separating couples in Sherborne need.

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• Receive FREE initial phone advice

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Shaftesbury Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

Your financial future and the futures of your children rest heavily on the agreements reached (or the judgments made) during the divorce process. Given the importance of the issues involved in the divorce process it is desirable to take all unnecessary traumas out of the situation but unfortunately going through family courts can be enormously stressful. The family law team at Bonallack & Bishop can use family mediation or collaborative law as alternatives to traditional divorce proceedings in order to save clients in Shaftesbury stress, delay and money.

FAMILY MEDIATION/COLLABORATIVE LAW EXPERTS NEAR SHAFTESBURY

In our experience helping separating couples across the South, family mediation and collaborative law lead to fairer arrangements made in less imposing surroundings. Those clients who are willing to leave bitterness at the door, sit down with their ex-partner and focus on achieving fair outcomes can therefore benefit greatly from these methods. However, couples who cannot set their differences aside will not be able to engage in the family mediation or collaborative and should stick to the traditional divorce process.

COULD FAMILY MEDIATION OR COLLABORATIVE LAW HELP YOU? CALL TODAY

The collaborative lawyers and family mediators at Bonallack & Bishop are fully accredited specialists practising nothing but family law. Call today and we will be able to advice you on the most appropriate form of dispute resolution for your Shaftesbury divorce, civil partnership dissolution or separation.

If you come to Bonallack and Bishop, your initial telephone advice and your first appointment with one of our specialists is free.

So simply phone us on [01722] 422300,

Or, if you prefer, email advice@familymediationcollaborativelaw.co.uk.

Warminster Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

Divorce is a deeply stressful process for many people, fraught with bitter arguments over the children and the division of financial assets. However, at Bonallack & Bishop, we believe that divorce does not always need to be this way. We offer clients in Warminster alternative ways of sorting out the disputes involved in their divorce in the form of family mediation and collaborative law. Using these methods can not only save a lot of argument but a lot of time and money as well and our firm has the expert collaborative lawyers and family mediators required in order to reach the fairest possible outcomes for your divorce.

EXPERT FAMILY MEDIATORS AND COLLABORATIVE LAWYERS SERVING WARMINSTER

It is important to note that family mediation and collaborative law will not be appropriate to every divorce case, particularly those where the parties argue too much to be able to discuss issues. However, those who believe that they can negotiate with their ex-partner in the presence of lawyers could benefit hugely like many of our clients have in the past. Whether you are divorcing, dissolving a civil partnership or separating following a co-habiting relationship – we could help. So, call our expert family team near Hampshire for FREE advice.

[01722] 422300 FOR WARMINSTER FAMILY LAW EXPERTS

If you approach our team of family lawyers you will receive advice from accredited collaborative lawyers and family mediators/lawyers, making us certified specialists.

Call today and you will receive a FREE initial phone consultation and a FREE first half hour appointment.

So, for family mediation and collaborative law advice in Warminster, simply call [01722] 422300 or

Email advice@familymediationcollaborativelaw.co.uk for expert advice.

 

Devizes Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

Divorce is an inherently stressful process but it needn’t take years, enormous expenditure on legal fees and bitter arguments to complete. There are alternative methods of dispute resolution known as collaborative law and family mediation which could not only save separating couples time and money but acrimony as well.

No Family Mediators in Devizes

Separating couples in Devizes currently will not be able to find a family mediator in their local area but thankfully, Bonallack and Bishop based in nearby Salisbury have specialist family mediators who can help.

CALL [01722] 422300 TO SPEAK TO EXPERT FAMILY MEDIATORS

Couples who are willing to cooperate can reap great rewards from the family mediation or collaborative law process. These alternative forms of dispute resolution encourage couples to reach fair agreements between themselves under the guidance of fully qualified family law experts. The family mediators at our firm are already qualified family lawyers and our collaborative lawyers hold full accreditation. We therefore have the expertise that couples in Devizes need in order to make fair arrangements for all concerned in the divorce settlement.

FAMILY MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW ADVICE AVAILABLE FROM BONALLACK &BISHOP

Bonallack & Bishop has the family mediators that couples in Devizes need to take some of the stress out of their divorce, civil partnership dissolution or separation.

Get in touch today to receive your FREE initial telephone advice and arrange your FREE first 30 minute appointment with one of our specialists.

Simply phone [01722] 422300

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Fordingbridge Family Mediation and Collaborative Law

If you going through a relationship breakdown, divorce or civil partnership dissolution, you will want to reach fair agreements over your finances and arrangements for any children who may be involved quickly, cost effectively and with minimum argument. Unfortunately, separations are rarely so straightforward and the bitterness of the parties often gets in the way of finding fair resolutions. Collaborative law and family mediation are ways of settling the issues arising from divorce expeditiously and amicably, saving parties money in the process.

However, at the time of writing this blog, there are no family mediators in Fordingbridge.

Fortunately, Bonallack & Bishop in nearby Salisbury have expert family mediators and can help couples in Fordingbridge with their separations.

FAMILY MEDIATORS AVAILABLE TO SEPARATING COUPLES IN FORDINGBRIDGE

Family mediation and collaborative law are not well suited to every couple. Those whose differences are too deep set for them to be able to talk through issues should stick with the traditional divorce route. However, those who believe that they can sit down and negotiate issues relating to children and finances for example will find that there is much to be gained with family mediation and collaborative law. Our expert team of family lawyers could help you with either of these dispute resolution methods.

CALL [01722] 422300 FOR ADVICE ON FAMILY MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW

Our family mediators are also experienced lawyers and have fully qualified collaborative lawyers who could help clients in Fordingbridge as well.

Your first telephone consultation is FREE, as is your first 30 minutes appointment with a member of out team – so call [01722] 422300 today,

Email us at advice@familymediationcollaborativelaw.co.uk.