When a relationship breaks down there are stresses and major changes – emotional, financial and practical. Early and accurate information on your rights and responsibilities is important, however, a major life change encompasses far more than just the legalities, so it makes sense to be aware of the additional professional help which can support you and your family through a stressful time, and may save unnecessary costs.
Booking a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is a highly effective starting point for you to find what assistance is available. As a mediator, conflict coach and parenting coordinator I help you look at and direct you to all available options. This means when you make choices you know they’re informed ones, which you feel are best for you, your family and your future.
According to a recent Ministry of Justice Survey
- Only 35% of people experiencing relationship breakdown use formal resolution processes such as Courts, arbitrators and solicitor representation.
- A majority of those who had used the family court system agreed that trying to solve their family issues via that route was not worth the financial and emotional cost.
- Talking interventions such as mediation, conciliation and counselling are more effective than information-based services.
- Children of separated parents are more likely to have worse outcomes than those whose parents are together, but negative effects can be reduced by appropriate contact with the other parent.
- Navigating the Court system by self-representation negatively affects mental and physical health, increases work stress, is a financial burden and puts strain on relationships with friends and family.
Source 706672/family-justice-bulletin MoJ, 17th May 2018
The results of the survey endorse the fact that it’s harder to attempt to do everything yourself and beneficial to seek and utilise as much help as possible in navigating these major changes. On this website you’ll find information about my services, but also a variety of other sources of assistance.
“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell