My name is Susan Alexander and I am a Resolution trained lawyer/mediator. I have practised as a family lawyer since 1979 since when I have seen many changes in the practice of family law. I have seen how tense and overwrought people often become when their relationships break down and I have seen first hand the damage that can be caused to their children as a result.
I have clients who have been children caught up in disputes between their parents and who are determined not to make the same mistakes with their own children. It is a fact of life these days that relationships break down and having only one partner throughout your life is becoming a rarity. Nowadays, research shows that it is better for their children if parents can remain amicable and co-operative after relationship break down.
The word ‘mediation’ is derived from the Latin meaning ‘in the middle’. It is a word used in many languages as mediation has a very long history in many different civilisations and cultures. In ancient China, Confucius urged people to use mediation instead of going to court. Litigation can leave people bitter and unable to co-operate with each other, which can be very damaging for families. When a couple break up, as a neutral mediator, I can assist them to make decisions together about their children and finances.
A law was brought into force in April 2011, which requires people to find out about alternative ways of resolving their family disputes, before they can go to court to do so. However, mediation itself is entirely voluntary - you can’t be forced to mediate and it isn’t suitable for every case. I offer a free initial consultation so that you can find out more about mediation and whether it’s right for you.
As a Resolution trained lawyer/ mediator I can assist you both to explore options for settlement in ‘the shadow of the law’ and help you to reach mutually agreed decisions. You will be encouraged to reach your own voluntary and informed decisions, without threat or pressure from each other. An important aim of family mediation is to help improve communication between family members, especially between parents, during the stressful transitions of separation and divorce.
If you would like to find out more about mediation then please give me a call on 01244405714 or email me on email@example.com
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