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.
Some married couples 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.