The end of any relationship is often an emotional crisis. More so when children are involved. For many it also has overwhelming financial consequences. It can feel like navigating through fog so thick you can’t see where you’re going.
With so many practical decisions to make, any thought of agreement may seem very distant. As a mediator and former solicitor, I’ve specialised since 2005 in helping hundreds of people through separation or divorce without going to court.
I can help you too.Call 01473 487427 for a free confidential chat.
We are Anderson mediation, a family mediation service based in Ipswich. The founder is Stephen G Anderson, a professional accredited family mediator, child consultant, PPC (Professional Practice Consultant) and former solicitor. Stephen works alongside consultants Jane McCann, Tom Farrell, Jan King and Henrik Anderson. Find more about us here.
We’ll help you discuss your problem in a way which is legally robust yet, at the same time, safe and supportive. The main way we tend to do this by mediation. Mediation gives you control over the decision making. A mediator manages the process in ways which motivate you to achieve a fair-minded outcome. Find out more about mediation.
It all starts with a free and confidential chat over the phone or via Skype. A chat helps us establish whether or not we think we can help you. Although mediation is right for most cases, there are times when other processes may be more suitable. Get in touch by calling us on 01473 487427, or message us through our contact page.
When people separate we want them to do it in the least damaging way for everyone involved, especially children. That is why we want them to use the excellent mediation services available to agree a way forward, rather than have one forced upon them.”Simon Hughes MP, Family Justice Minister
So you still think the family court has the the answer to you parenting problems? As a, now non-practising, solicitor with over 20 years experience, I have never come across a family court dispute where the conflict between parents was resolved. But I can tell you’re still a little sceptical. Surely, you are thinking, if it doesn’t work, why do so many people choose to go there? Because it’s the cultural norm which dates back to the times of Henry II. Not very modern and certainly not scientific.
Lawyer assisted negotiation is the most popular negotiation technique used by family lawyers. yet it is not described in any of the classic negotiation handbooks. I wonder why? Maybe because it’s a misnomer.
Why has the state has got to stop subsidising family court disputes? By subsidising family court disputes the state is indirectly contributing to the adversarial norm of family dispute resolution. It’s also adding to the psychosomatic problems that many children experience when their parents separate.