Quite often separating couples can find the divorce process itself, the administrative process of dissolving the marriage, to be difficult. There can be uncertainty and disagreement about fundamental issues such as who should issue the petition, when the process should be begun, who will pay the costs and what “fact” is going to be used.
Couples seeking to divorce have to pick one of the five facts allowed by the law which are Unreasonable Behaviour, Two Years Separation With Consent, Five Years Separation, Adultery and Desertion. Making this choice and understanding what the terms mean can be difficult and cause disputes that could be avoided with the correct information and assistance, which mediation can provide. Mediators can give you information about the process and the meaning of the terms, as well as assist you with assessing the pros and cons of your various options. This will put you and your ex-partner in better position to make the necessary decisions in a way that is best for both of you. As a result you may be able to avoid unnecessary disputes and save a lot of time and money.

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When couples separate they are often faced with having to somehow afford to run two homes from the same, or less, income than they had previously. Usually this is very difficult and in some cases not possible at all.

Property & Living Arrangements

When couples separate, their living arrangements in the short, medium and long term can be difficult to agree. If you co-own a property there will be questions about if and when it is to be sold, who may live there, how the value will be divided and when.

Child Arrangements

The children may feel that their parents no longer being under one roof is a “disaster” and possibly that it was something to do with them. Sadly, the situation itself is not a “fair” one and everybody involved may feel that.

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