What is Family Law Mediation? Hear from a mediator…

There are several different ways a couple could choose to negotiate their financial agreement and parenting plan in divorce. A popular method is mediation. In this guest blog, hear from experienced family law mediator Louisa Whitney about the benefits of mediation and when to consider using it:

What is family mediation?

“Family mediation brings together a couple who are separating to talk through what happens next with the help of a trained family mediator.  Mediators are trained in all..

Are You An Over-Thinker?

Are you an over-thinker? I must admit I definitely can be. It’s tiring though, isn’t it? And a small issue becomes bigger and bigger the more we mull it over in our minds and try to think of EVERY possible eventuality. Phew. But does it serve us to be over-thinkers?

When is it okay to stop thinking and thinking about a particular thing? Well, my decision is when I start to go over the same stuff in my mind and..

Do You Feel Lonely?

Being alone and feeling lonely are different things. Those who are alone don’t automatically feel lonely. There are lots of people who are single and live alone who are perfectly happy with life that way.

BUT – You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely. If you are in an unhappy relationship and/or feel disconnected with the people in your life, you could feel very lonely. Many of my clients tell me how lonely they have felt in their..

Do You Have Trouble Letting Go?

One of my friends told me that she has realised she has a history of hanging on to things she cares about for the good bits, even when they are no longer working.

I think there are lots of us who will be able to relate to this. Letting go is tough.

It can be uncomfortable and often not what we wanted.

We may have wanted things to turn out differently so we cling on or perhaps things have become..

“Should I Tell My Children That Their Other Parent Cheated?”

I met with a new client today who asked a common question – “Rhiannon, should I tell the children that my wife is in a new relationship and that’s why we are separating? I don’t want to lie to them or risk my relationship with them in the future if they find out I knew and didn’t tell them.”

My advice is always – No.

The children don’t need to know (at the moment at least). Children should be given..

How A Divorce Consultant Can Help: Hear Mrs K’s Story

One of my clients, Mrs K, has kindly agreed to answer some questions about the work we did together. Here is her story…

What was going on for you that prompted you to get in touch with Rhiannon in the first place?

I was struggling to decide whether I should go ahead with filing for divorce or try to continue working with my husband’s unsatisfactory self-designed separation agreement and felt quite overwhelmed by the hugeness of the decisions..

What Support Can You Put In Place For Your Children During Divorce?

Many of my clients worry about how their children are coping with Mum and Dad’s divorce. The parents are going through something difficult themselves and get concerned about whether the children are getting enough help.

Whilst it is good to encourage the children to speak to their parents about their thoughts and feelings about the divorce, sometimes this doesn’t happen. It can be more comfortable for the children to talk to someone who isn’t Mum or Dad; someone slightly..

The End of the Blame Game in Divorce

On Tuesday 9th April 2019 the Justice Secretary announced that divorcing couples will no longer have to appoint blame on their spouse in their divorce application.

There are to be changes made to the divorce law in England and Wales “to help reduce family conflict”.

The present law has been in place for 50 years and desperately needed updating. Today’s announcement is fantastic news after years of tireless campaigning by Resolution a national organisation of divorce professionals, to..

What Are the Benefits of Counselling During Divorce?

Whilst my work as a divorce consultant does include providing emotional support to my clients, I am not a therapist. And when I recognise that a particular client requires specialist help, I recommend they seek support from a qualified counsellor.

It is important to me that my clients have a good support team around them whilst they navigate through their divorce. This includes having the right professionals in place to help with particular issues.

Wendy Capewell is an experienced relationship..

How To Approach Christmas When You’re Single

Christmas is a funny time of year. Whilst some people love Christmas and all it entails, for others it is a stressful and/or difficult time of year for all sorts of reasons.

The media bombards up with images of the “perfect” Christmas for months leading up to the event itself. This puts huge pressure on the public to make Christmas AMAZING and to ensure everyone has a great time. This is particularly so for those whose life isn’t exactly..