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Happy Valentine

Is Valentine’s Day your least favourite holiday?  Has another year gone by when the disappointment simply just piles up?  Maybe you’ve found a Valentine’s Day card, and it’s not even intended for you? Or maybe you are thinking what could be more romantic than to say ‘I do’ on Valentine’s Day? Data shows that from[…]

Fight or Flight and the 21st century human

Fight, flight and the 21st century human

You don’t often see a movie where the main protagonists arrive on the scene saying ‘we come to negotiate – how about it?’ Generally, the usual plot structure begins with those protagonists forming two or more opposing camps, swiftly followed up with a general plotting of ways to fight one another to win; over territory,[…]

Finding the right divorce professional

Finding the right divorce professional

Finding the right divorce professional to help steer you safely through the difficult waters of post separation finances and children’s issues is easier than it first appears. The Family Mediation Council accredited mediator scheme allows you to feel confident that the Family Mediation Service you contact has a well-trained and vetted professional team to help[…]

MIAMs and the Non-Accredited Mediator

MIAMs and the Non-Accredited Mediator

MIAMs and the non-accredited mediator. Most professions have some sort of quality mark to differentiate those practitioners who have demonstrated their training and quality of practice to a board of their peers. The idea behind accreditation is simple: Ensure the buying public are receiving a quality service, and that the good name of that particular[…]

Lawyer assisted mediation

Lawyer assisted mediation

Lawyer assisted mediation. It sounds, at first hearing, like an oxymoron. Lawyers and Mediators? Together? REALLY?  But aren’t they natural-born enemies like cats and dogs, or statues and Pigeons? Sadly, for mediators and solicitors who haven’t quite caught up with the realities of public need or current “good practice”, this is still the case. Family[…]

Free baby sitting often comes at a price

Free babysitting often comes at a price

Free babysitting often comes at a price… If you are a grandparent who takes up the mantle of caring for your grandchildren on a regular basis, you may recognise this feeling. You know it well – your daughter/son or daughter/son in law has had to go back to work or may have recently separated from[…]