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LKW Family Mediation are based in Dorking and cover the Surrey area

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Thinking of separating: telling your partner

Welcome to this second blog in the series looking at what happens when you’re thinking of separating from a partner.  In the last blog we talked about how to be sure you’ve exhausted all avenues of trying to make the relationship work.  In this second blog we will be sharing some tips on telling your partner that you’d like to separate.   This is an enormously difficult conversation to have and from working with separating couples in mediation we now that…

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Thinking of separating

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time then you will know that here at LKW Family Mediation we are not a fan of media divorce myths and the so called “divorce day” is no different.  The statistics simply do not bear out the idea that there is a deluge of divorce petitions in January.  For those that do make the decision to separate in January it does a disservice to this difficult decision to write frivolous articles…

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It’s the most wonderful time of year

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  That’s how the song goes and oh, how I do love a Christmas song.  The cheesier the better in my opinion.  But for some families who have gone through a separation, Christmas and the run up to the festive season is anything but wonderful.  In fact, it is incredibly stressful and upsetting.  Whether it’s because there are differing views on arrangements, bad feelings between parents or it’s not your turn to have…

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You will be hearing from my solicitor

In this second blog Emma Ingham reflects on the role of getting legal advice alongside the family mediation process, and makes it clear that it is not – and shouldn’t be seen as – a hostile or antagonistic step.  Over to you Emma…..   It always makes me wince a little bit when I hear an angry soap character say the words “you will be hearing from my solicitor”. It certainly adds to the drama (and anyone who knows me…

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Exciting news!

Louisa Whitney (who set up LKW Family Mediation in 2013) is bursting with excitement and has frankly struggled not to share this news at an earlier stage.  From November 2020 LKW Family Mediation will have two mediators as Emma Ingham is joining the practice.  This will enable us to increase the number of clients we’re helping which we are super excited about it.   This is a little bit more about Emma……   ….Emma is a trained Mediator, working towards…

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Pushing your buttons

If you follow me on social media then you might have seen me talking a lot lately about what might be pushing your buttons.  This is for a number of reasons: I believe it is the nub of many disputes to understand and unpick this. I think given the current situation with coronavirus buttons are being pressed a lot at the moment.  Partly because we are on edge anyway, but also because if you’re living in the same house as…

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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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Fancy training as a family mediator?

In our last blog we talked about why we’re so passionate about family mediation and what we think the benefits are of using the family mediation process to find a resolution when you separate from someone.  We believe it can help with healing after divorce an with life after divorce.  It enables couples to manage their separation in a much more constructive way and this can be a crucial tool in coping with divorce.   If you like what we…

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Hit rock bottom?

In our family mediation sessions we see people in a range of places.  Sometimes people have started to come to terms with their separation, other times both parties have moved on by the time they come to sort things out.  Generally speaking it can often make matters easier to resolve where you have both moved at least a good way through the healing process.  Sometimes that’s just not possible and there can be compelling emotional and financial reasons to resolve…

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