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New resources and services available to children whose parents are separating and when should children be involved in the family mediation process?

Posted on April 1, 2013 - Filed Under Changes through divorce and seperation, Children in Divorce, Contact Matters, Dealing With Step Families, Divorce, Divorce Tips, Effect of divorce on children, Family Mediation, Helping children through divorce & seperation, Surviving Divorce, Tips on dealing with children, Tips on dealing with separation and Divorce, Tips on parenting, Tools helping you through seperation / divorce | Leave a Comment

In a recent joint family mediation session I held with parents to three children, the parents had agreed to separate but were unsure how to tell the children that they would be divorcing shortly. Parent One wanted to tell the children with both parents present while the other parent (Parent Two) initially did not want […]

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Shared parenting presumptions are set to be introduced by the Government in the Children Act 1989

Posted on January 27, 2013 - Filed Under Changes through divorce and seperation, Children in Divorce, Contact Matters, Divorce, Divorce Tips, Effect of divorce on children, Family Mediation, Helping children through divorce & seperation, Legal Updates, Surviving Divorce, Tips on dealing with children, Tips on dealing with separation and Divorce, Tips on parenting, Tools helping you through seperation / divorce | 10 Comments

Proposed Clause The Department for Education announced on 6th November 2012 that it proposes to introduce amendments to The Children Act 1989 to allow for a presumption of shared parenting. There will be a new section 1 (2A) inserted into the Act as follows: “(2A) A court, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (4)(a) or […]

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Mediation and Divorce Update August 2012

Posted on August 29, 2012 - Filed Under Changes through divorce and seperation, Children in Divorce, Contact Matters, Dealing with Financial changes, Divorce, Divorce Tips, Family Mediation, Helping children through divorce & seperation, Relationship, Surviving Divorce, Tips on dealing with separation and Divorce, Tools helping you through seperation / divorce | Leave a Comment

Using mediation to improve communication. In my Family mediation practice I am heartened at the amount of cases where both people who hold entrenched positions and often have raised emotions at the intake meeting and early joint sessions then go on to reach a full agreement on the issues raised. Below are some examples of […]

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What reaction can I expect from my small children when I tell them we’re separating and in the months following?

Posted on January 10, 2012 - Filed Under Children in Divorce, Contact Matters, Effect of divorce on children, Helping children through divorce & seperation | 12 Comments

While no child wants to hear that their parents are breaking up, children often have predictable responses when you tell them that you are separating that relate to their developmental stage. Knowing what these might be will hopefully make you more prepared for the emotional, behavioral and physical changes that will follow. Young children do […]

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Solicitors Journal Article

Posted on January 10, 2012 - Filed Under Children in Divorce, Contact Matters | 2 Comments

Solicitors Journal Publication – Austin Chessell offers practical tips on how to resolve Christmas holiday- or other holiday contact through mediation, and considers the first prenuptial agreement case after Radmacher Christmas contact Christmas is fast approaching. Nurseries and schools will be closing shortly for several weeks making Christmas holiday contact one of the main issues […]

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