Marriage breakups can be acrimonious affairs, but usually, a common factor among couples is the welfare of the children and how the split will affect them.
As your relationship with your partner deteriorates, it is particularly important that children understand that neither parent wishes them to be damaged by the breakup.
These are cases where mediation can smooth things and the courts will expect couples to consider this before any court action.
It is quicker, less stressful and less expensive than going to court, with the mediator acting as an unbiased ‘referee.’
The mediator can’t give legal advice, but they will:
How can mediation help?
Even if you have a good relationship with your partner, conversations about your children and money can result in arguments.
In some cases, communication can break down completely leaving you unable to come to a resolution.
Meditation can help establish:
When going through a breakup, there are ways to minimise the effect on children:
Couples should remember that the courts take a dim view of those who have not tried mediation as a first step.
If the differences between you and your ex-partner are about a child, you might be able to get a free voucher worth up to £500 for mediation. Check if you qualify for the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme on GOV.UK.
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