Family dispute specialists at Norfolk Family Mediation service are preparing for their busiest time of the year, as couples across the county make it their New Year resolution to go their own separate ways.
January 4 is known nationally as the day when the highest number of couples separate.
Staff at NFM are asking couples whose relationships over Christmas proved the final straw to be aware of the advantages of family mediation – a process used to settle finance, property and parenting issues through negotiation, rather than battling it out in court.
January sees a traditional rise in divorce and separation, as families emerge from the festive season having been battered by pressures on finances and relationships that have endured for some time but have been highlighted during the holiday.
Simon Pickering, development director at the charity, said: “Our professional mediators are on new year alert, expecting a flood of inquiries. There will be many local couples who will decide to separate over the coming weeks, but they’ll need more information about their options. It’s important they consider all the possible ways they can make positive arrangements for parenting, property and finance.”
“Many couples think they must head off to a solicitor to prepare for a very expensive and protracted court room confrontation in which they can achieve a ‘victory’ over their ex. But there is a better way to manage your separation, and if you open your eyes to family mediation you’ll find it much quicker, much cheaper and much less stressful.
“Rather than leaving it to a court to decide who will live where, what happens to the money, debts and pensions, and arrangements for the children, mediation empowers families themselves to decide these things. It’s their future after all.”
Legal Aid remains available for family mediation. Anyone wanting to know more can contact Norfolk Family Mediation Service by phone on 01603 620588 or email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.norfolkmediation.co.uk