Traditionally the beginning of a new year is often the busiest for family solicitors in terms of new enquiries. However according to the BBC (4th January 2019) 13 people completed online divorce applications on Christmas Day, 26 on Christmas Eve and 23 on Boxing Day. Sadly these figures together with a similar high number being recorded for New Year’s Day applications unfortunately show that for many families, the festive season proves to be one stress too many, to such an extent that they feel they have no other choice but to call time on their marriage.
Although the 24 hour online facility does enable those who wish to apply for divorce to do so at a time convenient to them, what this service does not do is to consider the many thousands of children who are affected by their parent’s breakdown. When a marriage breaks down, family mediation can be an invaluable tool to enable couples to not only think about how they can separate and divorce as amicably as possible but also how best to consider the needs of their children.
Mediation can help parents not only to consider what they are going to tell the children about their separation but how best they can consider their children’s needs to ensure that their children remain feeling loved and able to have a positive relationship with both their parents. Some mediators are also able to meet children to enable them to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a confidential environment.
The mediation process is voluntary, the mediator will be impartial with their role being to encourage the couple to focus on making decisions amicably both in relation to their children but also their finances.
Family Mediation Week takes place from January 21-25 2019, and Stone King is offering free half hour information sessions.