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Having got through Christmas and started a brand new year, its the season when people find themselves in the difficult situation if wishing to end relationships that aren’t working and move forward with their lives. The natural instinct is to escape and run from the situation as quickly as possible. While this is understandable, when it comes to relationships, rash decisions and actions can cause damage that can be impossible for those affected to overcome. Now, Portsmouth firm, Mediation Now, has released their top tips for a ‘Good Separation’:   THOUGHT AND PLANNING This can be the biggest challenge for anyone, especially when in the heat of a particular moment, but the key to successfully negotiating trouble in a relationship is to think about ... Read more

On the Airwaves for Cohabitation Week

Our Director Claire Webb was in the Express FM studios supporting the family law association Resolution’s 2017 campaign which, this year, sought to raise awareness of the legal rights of couples who choose to live together without getting married. You can listen to her interviews with Darren Gamblin about Cohabitation and Mediation Now’s growth by clicking ‘Read More’ below and then the links to the interviews.     Listen here Cohabitation part 1 Cohabitation part 2 Read more

The ‘Common Law Myth’

''But we've lived together for over 20 years.'' ''We've shared everything as a couple.'' ''We are as good as married.'' As the saying goes, if I had  penny for every time I heard one of these phrases or something similar fall from the open mouth of an individual who has just added shock to the emotional trauma of a relationship ending, I may not need to write this article. Today, we think nothing of a couple who have chosen to share their lives by simply 'cohabiting' (or 'living together') rather than go through the formality of getting married. People share homes, money, cars and bring together children into what is often described as a 'patchwork family', and it is testimony to the acceptance of our ... Read more

Lynn Celebrates Law Society Accreditation

There was cause for celebration at Portsmouth’s leading mediation firm, ‘Mediation Now’, when its latest recruit, Lynn Jackson, received notification from the Law Society that she has now been recognised as a fully accredited Mediator. With a 25 year career in the legal profession and over a decade specialising in family law, Lynn Jackson completed her training in Mediation in 2015.  Having put together a portfolio of her work over the past two years for inspection by the Law Society, she has been accepted as a fully accredited Mediator and will be listed on the Family Mediation Council. ‘This means I can carry out Legal Aid work without the need for verification from an accredited Mediator,’ Lynn explains. ‘Whether it is ... Read more

Top 5 Summer Tips for Separated Parents

School’s out and with weeks of freedom ahead of them, children are excited with what the summer holidays have in store. For parents, however, it can be a very different story.  The financial pressures of keeping children entertained, juggling work life with childcare and trying to make sure that all relatives have the opportunity to see and spend time with them can prove a demanding challenge. If parents are separated and either bringing up children alone or with a new family, there can be an extra layer difficulty trying to satisfy the expectations of where and when children will have time with each over the summer holidays. Sharing is Caring Neither parent can have the children all the time or just when they ... Read more

Keep Cool After Summer Stress

After a 14 year study between 2001 and 2015, American scientists have gathered evidence that indicates summer holiday stress is connected to a significant spike in relationships breaking up and divorces being filed. Whilst many families look forward to their annual break over the summer, recent findings suggests that, for some, holidays can actually be rather bad for marriages. Scientists at the University of Washington have discovered that divorce rates appear to follow a spike in the month of August, shortly after the summer holidays.  It could be that couples put off their separation until after times that are normally important to families, or perhaps holidays serve as final confirmation that they no longer want to be together, but it is ... Read more

Support from The Law Society

The Law Society of England and Wales has released a new advert to promote the options available for couples seeking a divorce, and the team at Mediation Now think it is a great piece of work. If you haven’t seen it, here it is… Read more

Mediation Now Launches ‘Chilli Rating’

Portsmouth’s leading mediation practice has found an innovative way of explaining to separating couples the benefits of its services. Entitled ‘Taking the Heat’, experts at the legally-based mediation firm, ‘Mediation Now’, are embracing a new visual campaign to highlight the alternatives available to separating couples and their families, inspired by chillies. ‘Historically, when people think of divorce, the image in their heads has been that of aggressive arguing through solicitors and having to go through legal proceedings in formal court environments,’ explains Rebecca Hawkins, Founder of Mediation Now. ‘The vast majority of people find these situations intimidating, stressful and highly pressured.’ ‘Today, there are a number of alternatives to court proceedings that have been designed to present a calmer, less hostile way ... Read more

Mediation Now Celebrates 10th Birthday

Members of Portsmouth’s legal and business communities recently gathered at Chimes Restaurant in the city centre to celebrate the achievements of two women who founded the UK’s first lawyer-led mediation service a decade ago. Claire Webb and Rebecca Hawkins welcomed guests to celebrate the 10th birthday of their firm, ‘Mediation Now’ which helps separating couples communicate and manage issues that arise as a result of relationship breakdown. ‘It is hard to believe it has been a decade since we started Mediation Now,’ recalls Rebecca. ‘We were both working as solicitors and tired of the confrontational and argumentative approach to family law. Mediation wasn’t at all mainstream back then, but we knew it could work and now it has become standard practice ... Read more

Claire Shortlisted for ‘Business Personality of the Year’

The Founder and Director of Portsmouth’s pioneering Mediation firm, ‘Mediation Now’, has been recognised for her career success to date by being shortlisted for ‘Business Personality and Achievement of the Year’ at The News Business Excellence Awards 2017. With a career spanning over 15 years in Family Law, Claire Webb has been at the forefront of the Mediation profession - championing its development, being the first to achieve national accreditations and consulted with by the Government on white papers, proposals and best practice. Since 2007 she has built the UK’s first legally-based, designated Mediation practice, become an employer and overseen rapid expansion of new services from offices in Havant, Fareham and Emsworth. Now, on the 10th anniversary of Mediation Now, ... Read more
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