Mediation works because it :

looks for outcomes that both parties can see as fair

leaves decision-making with the parties

respects the interests of all concerned particularly those of any children involved

is cost-effective and does not waste money on expensive legal fees

aims to reduce conflict not create it

 Links
   

Some useful links

www.gov.uk Government information site for divorce and separation and check-legal-aid

Sorting Out Separation - Government information hub for divorce and separation

Child Maintenance Options - impartial information and support for both parents about child maintenance

Gingerbread - UK charity providing expert advice and practical support for single parents

Advice Now - a wide range of information on divorce, including information on cohabitation

Family Lives - advice and support for parents about children. All aspects covered but see particularly the divorce and separation page.

Money Advice Service - free impartial financial information on how to manage your money better,comparative tables for savings, mortgages and pensions

Citizens Advice Bureaux - helps resolve legal,money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice 


To find a mediator in another area:-
National Family Mediation - a network of 52 not-for-profit Services in England and Wales offering family mediation
College of Mediators - provides a register of family mediators through England,Wales and Scotland

To find a counsellor:-
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Marriagecare
Relate

 
   

 
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