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What is parenting coordination?

Parenting coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process for separated parents designed to try and minimise conflict.  Parenting Coordinators assist families who may be struggling to implement agreed arrangements for their children from a court order or parenting agreement.  It is most often used where there is high conflict between the parents but who wish

What is a ‘living with both parents order’?

Going through any relationship breakdown is a very emotional time and agreeing on how and when children spend time with their parents will often be at the forefront of parents’ minds. Understandably parenting when you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent can be challenging. Fortunately, most parents are able to agree

Arbitration – back to the future?

Remember this 1985 classic? I am sure some of you will remember it coming out.  I do (although I was still trying to figure out why I was in a law library and not on a golf course at that time). As the exchange goes: Doc: Well, good luck for both of our sakes. See

How can a financial expert help you within the mediation process?

It can be of enormous value for separating couples to have input from an independent financial expert when looking at options and trying to reach an outcome regarding their separation and the division of assets. For Mediation Awareness Week 2020 I interviewed financial expert, Karen McGrath, to find out more about the role a financial

Is mediation right for you?

Many people are not sure whether mediation is going to be a suitable way of helping them to resolve matters that are important to them. It can seem like a very daunting and unknown process. This blog post sets out some common questions people raise when considering whether mediation will be right for them. We

What do family lawyers sell?

There is a popular story in business schools which goes something like this: The new CEO of Black & Decker asked his board of directors what their business did.  He held up a drill – “is this what we sell?” he asked.  “Yes,” said the directors, nodding; “that’s one of ours; that’s what we sell”. 

Child Inclusive Mediation

My colleague Lauren Guy recently wrote a blog about the Voice of the Child in Dispute Resolution processes, which highlighted that in most separations the children are the main worry and concern for parents. Parents going through the emotional trauma of a divorce or relationship breakdown want to protect their children as much as possible