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'For many years we have involved counsellors at an early stage in the divorce process. We have found that this has helped clients to make informed decisions about the next steps and how best to resolve their differences.The family legal arena has also seen a change in the law that requires the majority of couples to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting.
We have also found that involving counsellors in meetings with clients in mediation and the collaborative family law process can help manage emotional distress and conflict, and so achieve a quicker and more cost-effective outcome for clients. Further, we recommend that when clients have to step on to what is often the emotionally and financially expensive treadmill of litigation, they have emotional and psychological support as well as legal support.'
'A key question for many people who are setting out on the divorce process is how they will look back on the process in years to come and, if children are involved, how they will make sure they put their children first. Mediation and collaborative family law enable people to take decisions for their family without an expensive and unnecessary court fight, and without risking an uncertain outcome.An infographic of the survey results is available to download here.
Many of our clients who have been through the mediation and collaborative processes feel that they will be able to look back on the divorce with respect for themselves and respect for their former spouse. Perhaps most importantly, they tend to feel more optimistic for the future, especially in terms of continuing to parent their children.'