National Mediation Week

National Mediation Week

Date
25 Jan 2018
22-26 January is National Mediation Week.   As keen supporters of the wider benefits of Family Mediation, we want to join in to highlight the benefits of mediation as a more dignified way to deal with your separation.    
Post Christmas stresses and with the focus on change for the year ahead, January has become synonymous with couples separating.  The media don’t help with celebrity splits all over the front pages, with Ant McPartlin recently announcing his split.
 
Separating and divorce can be very stressful and emotionally draining.   Many couples still have a traditional view of the process; and get their boxing gloves ready.  This can be hugely costly; lengthy; and potentially resulting in neither party getting what they want, and to the detriment of any children involved. 
 
This is why MIAMs were introduced to identify if mediation is right for you and to explain how it works.  Separating couples can benefit from a shorter, less costly solution with a more amicable outcome that will last as they move forward with their lives.  This is especially useful where the couple will need to continue co-parenting for years to come.
 
Finding the right mediator is key and not all law firms have a trained mediator.   At Hartlaw our mediator Dianne Burke  has been a family solicitor for over 18 years and has over 8 years mediation experience and has an added accreditation to consult  with children within the mediation process and hear  their voices, something that is often overlooked by parents. Her strength is working with you to find a mutually agreeable outcome, and working through real-life situations to  ‘reality check’ any proposals with both of you.  
 
Take a couple of minutes to watch this short video to tell you a little more about the process and how mediation might work for you, or someone you know,
www.gov.uk/government/publications/family-mediation
 
Get in touch with our Family Law team on 01937 547 003 or email Dianne Burke dianne@hartlaw.co.uk to request an appointment.