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Mediation through separation can help you solve disputes amicably

Debunking the myths: Summarising

In this next blog in our series looking at what happens in mediation, we are talking about summarising.  Often when a party has expressed a view the mediator will summarise what they have said.  The purpose of this repetition is two fold.  Firstly, it enables the mediator to check that they have understood correctly what has been expressed.  Secondly, it enables the other party to have another opportunity to hear what has been said.  Often when people are under pressure,…

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Debunking the myths: Exploring Options

There is still some mystery surrounding mediation, both amongst people who might attend mediation, and amongst some solicitors who refer clients to mediation.  In the first of a series of blogs examining what happens in mediation we are looking today at exploring options.   When somebody first makes an enquiry about mediation they may have some idea that mediation is to help separating couples talk about what they’re going to do but they often do not understand how the mediator…

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Two sides of the same thing

When couples embark upon mediation they are ultimately looking for a resolution.  They want to be able to find a set of arrangements that will enable each of them to move on.  It sounds like a fairly simple objective when you put it like that.  However, even deciding on the first thing to talk about, and what the priorities are can feel like a mountain to climb.   It is not unusual for couples trying to reach a resolution between…

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My partner doesn’t listen to me

When a couple decide to separate there can be a huge range of emotions that each has to deal with following that separation.  When the couple start mediation this can make it difficult to hear each other.  How often has somebody started a sentence with something that incenses you so much that you don’t listen to the next bit they say because you are too busy thinking about what you’re going to say next?   This can happen in the…

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