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Self-isolating in a separation (guidance)

Well now here is a post that I didn’t think I would ever type.  Even a few weeks ago could we have imagined the fact that large parts of the world would be not able to leave their houses?  It is a challenging situation for many:  concerns about the health implications; worries about reduced income or businesses going under.  I appreciate all of that.  One of my biggest concerns is for couples who are in the process of separating and…

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Should we stay together for the kids?

I recently came across a really interesting article based on a survey looking at parents staying together for the sake of their children The survey was called out by Directline.  Some parts of this survey really jumped out at me and I wanted to add some thoughts on them:   I can see the generational difference in how long parents stayed together but even amongst younger parents it was still 3 years.  Often in family mediation one of the things…

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What can you talk about in mediation?

Recently I added a blog post aimed at giving more information to those thinking about mediation and collating various pieces of information that are contained across the extensive range of blogs on the LKW Family Mediation website This got me thinking about whether those coming into mediation, or going through a separation generally, really understand the full range of things that can be talked about in mediation.  So the list below is of conversations that have been facilitated by me…

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Thinking about mediation?

I was asked a question the other day about family mediation and it occurred to me that I wasn’t sure there was a blog post with the information in.  I’m quite sure there is a wealth of information on this topic across the blog but I felt it might be helpful to have it in one place.  The question focused on two things: Do you have to be on the same page to try family mediation; and What do you…

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Keep children out of conflict

In a new series of that will coincide with Family Mediation week we’re giving some top tips. We really do know that those going through a separation struggle to process lots of information when they are feeling emotional and so breaking things down to a simple top 5 tips can be helpful. You may also find Get the most from a MIAMS helpful. In this blog we’re sharing our top 5 tips for keeping children out of conflict. Separating parents…

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Sort out money without spending it all

In a new series of that will coincide with Family Mediation week we’re giving some top tips.  We really do know that those going through a separation struggle to process lots of information when they are feeling emotional and so breaking things down to a simple top 5 tips can be helpful. Other blogs in this series Finding a lawyer or Mediator Get the most from a MIAMS Keep children out of conflict In this blog we’re sharing our top…

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Get the most from a MIAMS

In a new series of that will coincide with Family Mediation week we’re giving some top tips.  We really do know that those going through a separation struggle to process lots of information when they are feeling emotional and so breaking things down to a simple top 5 tips can be helpful. In this blog we’re sharing our top 5 tips for getting the most out of a MIAMS.  If you’ve already instructed a lawyer then they may have suggested…

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Finding a lawyer or Mediator

In a new series of that will coincide with Family Mediation week we’re giving some top tips.  We really do know that those going through a separation struggle to process lots of information when they are feeling emotional and so breaking things down to a simple top 5 tips can be helpful. In this blog we’re sharing our top 5 tips for finding a lawyer or mediator. 1. Start by thinking about what you want from a lawyer or mediator.…

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Divorce day tosh

If you’ve spent any time with family lawyers or mediators recently then I hope they have told you what utter nonsense the divorce day phenomena is.  The media love some kind of divorce scandal and the idea that everyone is suddenly making a beeline for lawyers after a bad Christmas is:   rubbish distasteful Not helpful to those sadly in this situation In this video Louisa shares some thoughts on why she hates this whole idea and why she feels…

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Tips for a peaceful separated Christmas

Christmas can be a really difficult time for separated parents. The first Christmas can be especially difficult as you adjust to the time when your children aren’t with you.  It can be doubly hard that there is a pressure to be having fun and to spend time with your family, and you aren’t able to do either. In this blog we have included 5 tips to try to make your festive season as a separated parent as painless as possible:…

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