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Process focus: bringing them all together

This is the last in our series of blogs talking about processes.  If you’ve read our blogs on the divorce process, the process of sorting out money and on making arrangements for children then you’re probably wondering how on earth you bring it together, or how you do all that at the same time! Here are 5 things that we think are important: Don’t think you have to do it all at the same time. You can take things in…

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Process focus: sorting out arrangements for children

This is the third blog looking at the overview of processes.  We have already talked about divorce and money. In the last blog we also outlined the different processes that exist to help couples who are separating to resolve all the issues that crop up.  You can use the processes for any issue so it’s well worth having a look at the money blog to familiarize yourself with them.  We outline all the processes in our initial meeting so that…

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Practical children matters: do we have to agree on all parenting matters?

This is the last in our series of blogs talking about the practical side of arrangements for children. We have talked about what you need to sort out, whether children can cope with two homes, and how to have that difficult conversation with them about separation. In this blog we’re talking whether parents have to agree on all aspects of parenting. This is a tough subject for many separating parents. Often differences in parenting can have been a factor in…

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Practical children matters: how do we tell them we’re separating

This is the third blog looking at practical realities of making arrangements for children as part of a divorce or separation. You can also look at the blog looking at what arrangements you need to make and also a blog looking at whether children can cope with having two homes and two bedrooms. Another question we get asked is how do we tell our children we’re separating?  It is not unusual for couples to come into family mediation and use…

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Practical children matters: what do we have to sort out?

This is our second blog talking about practical children issues.  In the last blog in this series we looked at whether children can adjust to having two homes and two bedrooms.  In this blog we’re talking about what do you actually have to sort out. This is something that can be confusing for parents. Many parents assume that there is some kind of central body that they have to register with, or someone they have to report their arrangements too.…

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Practical children matters: can children cope with two homes?

In a new series of blogs we’re looking at the practical side of making arrangements for children. This week we’re asking whether children can cope with two homes. It is something that comes up a lot in mediation – is it better to have one home and see the other parent, or should children have two homes and two bedrooms? Firstly, it is important to bear in mind that there is very little law on what arrangements parents should make…

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Mediation Focus: Can children have their say in the process

In this third blog in our series talking about family mediation we’re looking at children and how they can have their say in the mediation process. We have already talked about what happens in family mediation and what the main benefits are so please check out those blogs if you haven’t already. When a couple separate and are working out what arrangements they should make for their children it can be helpful to seek the children’s views on this. Many…

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Arranging summer holidays: what other support might help?

This is the last in our series of blogs looking at arranging summer holidays. In this series we’ve talked about why it’s important to make arrangements early, what to do if you’ve reached an impasse and what to do if you feel like you can’t face ever negotiating holidays with your ex again. In this last blog we’re doing a round up of all the help and support that is out there (well an overview!) so you can hopefully find…

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Arranging summer holidays: what if we can’t agree? Our top tips for dealing with an impasse

In our second blog focusing on arranging summer holidays we’re talking about what happens if you can’t agree. This follows on from our blog last week talking about why you should start making arrangements now. Part of our reason for suggesting the importance of making arrangements early is so you can give yourself enough time to deal with a potential impasse if you’re not able to agree on arrangements. If you find that you and your ex partner are stuck…

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Arranging the summer holiday: why start now?

In a new series of blogs we’re turning our focus to the issue of summer holidays. These can be a challenge for parents both in terms of managing childcare around work and in terms of the cost of keeping children occupied. It can be a challenge for separated parents to make arrangements for the holidays and this is what we’ll be discussing in this series of blogs. As always we’ll be doing a Facebook Live on the Friday after the…

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