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Sorting out the Money: Do pensions matter?

Posted by Nick Arora on 25 February 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

This is the last in our series of blogs looking at Sorting out the Money. If you want to know how it all works, or get tips for dealing with property and mortgages , or understand more about maintenance following a separation then please have a look at the previous blogs. In family mediation we often talk about sorting out… Read More »

Sorting out the Money: What is Maintenance and when is it paid?

Posted by Nick Arora on 18 February 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

In this series of blogs we’re looking in detail at how to work out money following a separation. We’ve looked at how it works and property and mortgages already. In this blog we will be looking at maintenance and explaining the differences and when this is paid. There are two types of maintenance: Child maintenance and Spousal Maintenance. Child Maintenance… Read More »

Sorting out the Money: Practical tips for Property and Mortgage

Posted by Nick Arora on 11 February 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

In our second blog focusing on sorting out the money we’re talking about property and mortgages. This builds on our blog last week talking about how it works. There’s often a lot of talk amongst professionals about taking the emotion out of discussions and approaching negotiations in a business like manner. If you can do this then that’s great but… Read More »

Sorting out the money: how does it work?

Posted by Nick Arora on 04 February 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

In a new series of blogs we’re turning our focus to the important issue of money and how you can sort out money related issues following a separation. As always we’ll be doing a Facebook Live on the Friday after the blog goes live to talk about the post in more detail. Processing how you feel emotionally following a separation… Read More »

Keeping Children out of conflict: What are the benefits of getting it (mostly) right?

Posted by Nick Arora on 28 January 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

This is the last in our series of blogs looking at Keeping Children out of Conflict. If you haven’t looked at them yet then you can explore what it really means not to argue in front of the children, what to do when you’re not on the same page, and how can you know what your children are really feeling. … Read More »

Keeping Children out of conflict: How can you know how your children really feel?

Posted by Nick Arora on 21 January 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

This is our third in our series of blogs focusing on keeping children out of conflict. We have already talked about what it means not to argue in front of your children, and what to do when you really aren’t on the same page In this blog we are talking about how can you know how your children really feel?… Read More »

Keeping Children out of conflict: What to do when you’re not on the same page?

Posted by Nick Arora on 14 January 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

This is the second in our series of blogs on Keeping Children out of Conflict. Our first blog explained what it really means not to argue in front of them. In this blog we will be looking at what to do when you feel like you and your partner are not on the same page about anything. An issue we… Read More »

Do millionaires divorce differently?

Posted by Louisa on 11 January 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

If you’ve ever wondered whether millionaires & billionaires divorce differently, then you are about to find out.  Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, who is reported to be worth $137 billion and the world’s richest man and his wife, Mackenzie, of 25 years, have recently announced they are going to be divorcing.  So how are the divorces of millionaires different from… Read More »

Keeping children out of conflict: What it really means not to argue in front of them?

Posted by Nick Arora on 07 January 2019 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

If you ask those not currently in the difficult swamp of having relationship issues then they may find the idea of not arguing in front of children a more simple concept. For those who are finding each day with their partner difficult, or waiting for the right time to break the news that they want out – or on the… Read More »

Our top 5 tips to get the best out of attending family mediation?

Posted by Nick Arora on 17 December 2018 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

If you’ve both made the decision that resolving issues arising out of your separation in family mediation is the way forward then you may wonder how you can get the best out of the process. You may wish to ensure the discussions are as constructive as possible; you might want to consider how you can keep the costs down by… Read More »

If you’ve both made the decision that resolving issues arising out of your separation in family mediation is the way forward then you may wonder how you can get the best out of the process. You may wish to ensure the discussions are as constructive as possible; you might want to consider how you can keep the costs down by reducing the number of sessions; or you might just want to give it the best chance of delivering you a workable resolution. Here are our tips for getting the most from the process:

1. Listen without interrupting in sessions. This might be really obvious but sometimes the other person says something that annoys you so much that you feel you have to immediately leap in. If you can pause, take a breath, and hear the other person out before making your point then it helps to ensure that you each feel you’re being heard which is really important in moving forward. Always remember that you don’t have to agree with the other person, but it’s helpful to understand where they’re coming from.

2. Focus on the future and the solution. Sometimes we wish we could change things that have been said and done in the heat of the moment. When we react from a place or anger or fear then we’re not using our whole brain and that can mean our responses aren’t very considered. This is a normal part of life immediately after separation and it’s not pretty. Family Mediation usually works best when both parties feel that they are able to start talking about what happens next and are more able to keep a lid on their emotions. There is no rule of thumb as to how long it will take someone to be at this point and it can often be different for both parties. It’s also tempting to see the problem as the other person but externalising the issues and seeing them as a problem you both need to solve can be helpful.

3. Be open to doing things different to how you envisaged. Simply, the more open you are to different options the more likely you are to find a compromise and that will certainly make sorting out life after separation easier.

4. Be organised with getting information together, and how this is organised so that you can easily find the right piece of information. This is particularly the case with sorting out money issues as you can end up with quite a volume of information. We often liken family mediation to doing a jigsaw puzzle. You can only see what the picture will look like once you have all the pieces of the puzzle. The pieces of the puzzle are different bits of information that enable you to assess what options are possible, and to really see what they look like. This then enables you to make informed decisions about what next steps are right for you.

5. If you find that you are consistently getting stuck and struggling with coping with divorce then explore with your mediator what might be causing this and how you can address it. The mediator will often be able to see problems more clearly and will be able to use their experience to guide you to help you see what might be causing the difficult. They may be able to reframe the situation for you or point you to a therapist or suggest divorce coaching to help you to find a way forward.

If you’d like to see more of our top tips and guidance on all matters related to life after separation then please join our mailing lists for separating couples, or for professionals working with separating couples

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