Mediation does not suit everyone. That is why we established the separation guide. The underlying goal of the separation guide and mediation are the same - to help you build a better future for you and your family.
Separation brings a tremendous amount of loss and change. At the same time, you will have to negotiate two incredibly complex and draining experiences: family law litigation and co-parenting. These two experiences can shape your life emotionally and financially for years to come.
Friends and family are crucial at this time. However, not everyone has such support systems. Furthermore, even if you are fortunate enough to have such assistance, friends and family can sometimes fail to fully understand what you are going through or are powerless to effect the changes you need.
As a separation guide, Liz works with you around the specific issues that have arisen as a result of your separation including:
- communicating with your ex-partner around immediate parenting issues;
- negotiating longer-term parenting arrangements such as parenting plans;
- choosing an appropriate lawyer;
- preparing to meet with your lawyer for the first time so that you can have an effective outcome and save on legal costs;
- accompanying you to a meeting with your lawyer in the event that the process is floundering and needs to get back on track; and
- determining a different approach if you are frustrated with the progress of your family law matter.
The service is not about obtaining legal advice. It is about providing information, guidance, support and giving you the tools to work through your priorities.