If you are married, in a civil partnership, or have been cohabiting with your partner and are now separating or going through legal separation, we can help you to make arrangements for any joint property, finance and children through mediation.
National Family Mediation (NFM) accredited mediators are trained in all aspects of family law including the specific laws relating to people who have lived together but are not married.
Living together and being married do not amount to the same thing when people separate, however long they have been together together. And the court will deal with things differently for people who have never been married.
If you own a property there are a number of property and trust laws you will need to consider.
For example, if the property is in a sole name, have you made equal contributions to the mortgage and upkeep of the property? Are you tenants in common or joint tenants?
What will happen to our joint accounts? What about maintenance for myself? Does the fact that you have children make a difference to the property? These are just some of the issues you will need to consider in mediation to achieve settlement.
Some married couples separate but never get as far as divorce, but are happy to stay apart. All you need to do to be legally separated is live apart.
Officially, you can even be separated but still live under the same roof, if you arrange your household so that you no longer sleep or eat together and you do not do domestic chores, such as washing or ironing, for each other.
If you separate for two years or more and both agree to the separation, this can be the basis for any future divorce.