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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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Divorce – The Process

Posted on September 26, 2012 - Filed Under Changes through divorce and seperation, Divorce, Divorce Tips, Family Mediation, Surviving Divorce, Tips on dealing with separation and Divorce, Tools helping you through seperation / divorce | Leave a Comment

If you are planning on getting a divorce, there are a number of steps you must take in order to complete the process. Generally speaking, the more you and your husband or wife agree on regarding the ‘facts’ or ‘grounds’ for divorce, the quicker the process will be. In this case, a divorce taking place […]

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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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The Hundreds Of Questions

Posted on April 18, 2012 - Filed Under Changes through divorce and seperation, Children in Divorce, Divorce Tips, Effect of divorce on children, 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 | 1 Comment

Your child is going to have hundreds of questions about what you and daddy are going to do now you don’t want to live together. Full of emotion and probably feeling irrational -¬‐ them not you -¬‐ is not really going to be the best time to discuss with them the full details of the […]

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Stepfamilies and How to Survive Them

Posted on March 24, 2012 - Filed Under Changes through divorce and seperation, Children in Divorce, Dealing With Step Families, Divorce, Divorce Tips, Effect of divorce on children, Helping children through divorce & seperation, Relationship, Surviving Divorce, Tips on dealing with children, Tips on dealing with separation and Divorce, Tips on parenting, Tools helping you through seperation / divorce | 1 Comment

The difference between step families and our own children is that we don’t set out to have them. They come as a package with our new partner. They are born out of divorce, and, after being part of an often heart wrenching transition, they are thrust into the bosom of their parent’s ‘new love’ (and […]

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Dealing with change

Posted on February 7, 2012 - Filed Under Children in Divorce, Effect of divorce on children, Helping children through divorce & seperation, Tips on dealing with children | 1 Comment

Children often have difficulties coping with change. These could be everyday minor transitions such as moving from one task to another (such as packing up toys and coming to have tea) or from one environment to another (such as home to school). Or the changes they face may be much more significant such as dealing […]

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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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Family Mediation by Stephen G Anderson

Posted on September 26, 2011 - Filed Under Family Mediation, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

What I love about mediation, is that there are so many different ways it can help couples who are going through relationship breakdowns. Mediation is best known as a process in which a couple is assisted by neutral mediator, usually through a series of meetings together. The mediator’s job is not to advise, but to […]

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Solicitors Journal Publication – Austin Chessell looks at FAQ on the new mediation information assessment meetings

Posted on September 5, 2011 - Filed Under Family Mediation, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Compulsory mediation meetings for couples came into effect from 6 April 2011 for anyone who wishes to apply for a children or financial order in the family courts. The new rules require each party to attend a mediation information assessment meeting (MIAM) with an approved mediator. Practice direction 3A, supplementing the Family Procedure Rules 2010, […]

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