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5 Facts About Divorce

5 Facts About Divorce

  5 things you probably didn’t know about divorce – but should:       Keep things peaceful.  Learn how at the Best Way To Split Retreat (no couples!) Click here to see more….  ...

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Will Dispute Resolution Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is?

Will Dispute Resolution Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is?

  How many times a year does a Divorce Show come to London?   Well the last time was 2011 (I remember because I was the one putting on the event – the Starting Over Show) but this year, an entrepreneur called Mr Smith O’Connor is running his own event in Kensington on 19-20 October, and I’ve signed up as an exhibitor (and been invited to be one of the keynote speakers) because let’s face it, how often do we get provided with a public platform in our own Capital City to...

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Best Way To Divorce TV Interview With Divorce Mediator B J Mann

Best Way To Divorce TV Interview With Divorce Mediator B J Mann

  How do you know if you marriage is over? How can we let go of the marriage? Why is mediation in Rochester USA thriving? Interview with divorce mediator Bj Mann who shares how she helps her clients to work out whether they should be getting divorced at all, how to let go of the marriage and persuade the spouse to engage in mediation – and how mediation is thriving in her part of America….     You can find BJ Mann’s book by clicking here…  ...

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Educational Value – Add This To The Divorce Parenting Plan

Educational Value – Add This To The Divorce Parenting Plan

When divorcing, sometimes the children’s educational futures are not taken into account – especially if the children are still very young. But by discussing long-term plans for the children’s education early on in the divorce process, the financial implications could well impact on how a couple decide to split their assets. A good education can be invaluable, but it may also require significant investment – and long-term planning. In 2016, the average cost to parents of...

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Can’t See The Trees For The Forest: The Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Can’t See The Trees For The Forest: The Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The 2018 Westminster Policy Forum was, for me, like walking through a forest of information, good ideas, and a genuine commitment to supporting everyone in our society at every economic level.  There was a call for policies focused on prevention rather than just ‘coping strategies’ – but an overriding sense of hopelessness pervaded the forest, as some of the speakers grappled with the illogicality of short-term fiscal thinking. When it came to the modernisation and improvement of the HM...

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Toxic

Toxic

                      “Trust in the Law” they say   As if Family Law is a clear set of rules   A trustworthy shuttle from one island of family form into another   No room for reasonable doubt.     What Law has the right   To say when a father sees his child?     What Law can slice Solomon-like through family homes?   Savings for a future now altered?   A parent’s precious hours with those whom they value more   Than any building or bank account?     Is that our excuse to...

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Is a 50-50 divorce split really what you think it is? Paula Ryan explains:

Is a 50-50 divorce split really what you think it is? Paula Ryan explains:

  Is a 50-50 uncomplicated divorce split really as simple as you think it should be?   Financial Planner Paula Ryan answers that question:      Certainly if you are looking to sort out the divorce finances yourselves, it may be worth having a quick ‘coffee chat’ with me, so we can look at the tax implications, the best way to split the assets, and also looking at the pensions. It’s not always as simple as splitting pensions half and half.  It might not look as if you have that much in the...

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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Divorcing

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Divorcing

  Step 1:  Accept that you might go a little crazy   It’s OK, we’ve all gone a bit mad during one of the most stressful and emotionally gruelling experiences known to man – family breakup.  The trick is, don’t let your insanity destroy your finances, your family relationships and your health.  All three are at dire risk – so take out your anger and emotional pain on inanimate objects.  Shout and cry a long way away from the children.  Counsellors can offer a totally non-judgemental...

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How A Divorce PA Can Help You Have A Better Divorce

How A Divorce PA Can Help You Have A Better Divorce

“It doesn’t have to be like this, David” I said to my new, overwrought client who was desperately scanning through his emails for the details of the expensive, litigious, “big gun” London solicitor that his friend had recommended. “It’ll make this situation even harder for you, and cost a fortune… why not work with a mediator?” At the time, David was too upset to even open the post after the recent departure of his wife.  But over the ensuing weeks, as we worked through each situation, letter...

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Child-Centred Divorce Month Worldwide

Child-Centred Divorce Month Worldwide

Press Release Local Divorce Expert Supports Child-Centered Divorce Month in January With Advice, Support and Resources For Parents Coping With Divorce Does Divorce Scar Children – Or Do Poor Parenting Choices Do the Damage? Forest Row, East Sussex: That’s the question Suzy Miller has been answering along with Rosalind Sedacca, who for the past decade as Founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, has been campaigning for children to become the focus of divorce, instead of parents fighting...

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“I should buy the Mediator Christmas presents every year”

“I should buy the Mediator Christmas presents every year”

Robert went through years of conflict in order to be able to see his children after a bitter divorce, and despite having to go to court on more than one occasion, mediation was what finally helped end those years of stress and misery. Robert, his wife and the children all suffered physical and mental repercussions due to the stress, but Robert’s experience proves that even if one party insists on using the courts, if you can remain calm and focused, a healthy end result can be achieved,...

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Is Your Soon-To-Be-Ex An Idiot?

Is Your Soon-To-Be-Ex An Idiot?

I’m going to bust a divorce myth that makes a mockery of any sane divorce strategy. It’s the one called: “Oh no, my husband/wife won’t use mediation.” Now stay with me on this, because you’re smart, right? And you don’t want to be making a mistake believing in a myth that could cost you thousands, and many years of strife? There has to be a divorce strategy that will work better than believing in myths? Let me explain: Your spouse might currently be making mediation impossible – but think...

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Dating Advice from Karen Marshall podcast interview

Dating Advice from Karen Marshall podcast interview

“Dating and Relationship Coach Karen Marshall shares some handy dating advice with me prior to going off to a dating event.   Having not dated for some time, I’m not the easiest subject to advise, but I found Karen’s guidance very useful.  I did remember not to ask any of the chaps about their Ex partners/wives, despite revealing myself to be a Divorce Strategist.  And I did remember to mostly just enjoy the evening and felt more confident than I would have if I hadn’t...

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Should I Hire A Hit Man For My Ex?

Should I Hire A Hit Man For My Ex?

One of the questions a divorcing person might sometimes ask is: “Should I hire a hit man for my Ex?” Well, there’s two ways to read that question. One is – give your ex a present of a hit man because perhaps you know someone they don’t like very much (hopefully not you!?) The second is, getting divorced can be very stressful and I know for a fact that some perfectly nice people have had that thought pass through their mind at least once when things were getting really tricky....

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Alternative Ways To Divorce

Alternative Ways To Divorce

Divorce and Separation can be far less stressful if you use ‘alternatives’ to going to court – such as Collaborative Law or just keeping things peaceful and out of the court room. James Belderbos is one of those family law solicitors who would much rather you sorted things out in a peaceful manner, than ended up needing to be represented in court.  As a family man himself, James prefers to take an intelligent approach to the challenges of separating finances and parenting...

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Don’t Get Divorce Advice From A Divorcee

Don’t Get Divorce Advice From A Divorcee

In this short podcast I explain why you need to be careful about who you get your advice from when divorcing.   Anchor – Best Way To Divorce Listen to Anchor audio from Best Way To Divorce: Suzy Miller Divorce Strategist as seen on BBC Breakfast TV, Womans Hour, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail etc Best Way To Divorce Radio Show Podcast: Listen Here….....

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How To Make The Best Divorce (Recipe)

How To Make The Best Divorce (Recipe)

Here is a simple recipe for the Best Way To Divorce. Follow this and avoid many of the disasters that can befall those those who manage their own DIY or self-managed divorce.  With a divorce recipe to hand, it’s possible to save thousands on legal fees, and avoid harming the children, and the whole process can be far less stressful. Divorce and separation is usually pretty tough on everyone in the family, so having some kind of proper plan, a focus on what you want for the future,...

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Do We Need A.I. Divorce Lawyers To Make The New Government Online Divorce System Work?

Do We Need A.I. Divorce Lawyers To Make The New Government Online Divorce System Work?

The first step to having an automated robot lawyer to administer your divorce has begun – A pilot project has been run in a divorce court in Nottingham with ‘really positive’ results, according to initial assessments, with a completely online system for uncomplicated divorces. But it seems people can’t fill in the forms properly.  Hmm – surprised they didn’t see that one coming.  But then – immediately we have evidence of the need for assistance – from lawyers?  Or at...

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What Do You Do When Your Clients’ Lives Are Turned Upside Down?

What Do You Do When Your Clients’ Lives Are Turned Upside Down?

Ask Your Business Network To Host This Unique Short Talk Because 42% Of Their Married Clients Will Thank You: Do you value your moral obligations to others MORE than your legal obligations?   When your clients or your employee’s lives are turned upside down by family breakup, there is no legal obligation to signpost them in ways that lead to more peaceful solutions.  But do you feel powerless to help them? Are you sure that any advice you may give is going to be GOOD advice, when they...

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How do you mediate divorce with a narcissist?

How do you mediate divorce with a narcissist?

There seems to be an increase in the number of divorcees accusing their spouses as being narcissistic, and it could be that the term is being used more widely because these days, it’s so easy to find a list on the internet of “How to spot if your spouse is a narcissist” – though many of the traits and ‘tell-tale signs” are not that far from behaviour most of us might demonstrate on a bad day! But perhaps the apparent rise in this style of behaviour is a reflection of our times, and the...

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Trump’s War Speech Shows The Weakness Of Dispute On All Levels

Trump’s War Speech Shows The Weakness Of Dispute On All Levels

With Trump blasting out his rhetoric to the UN threatening to destroy North Korea and undermining, completely, existing peaceful agreements on reducing arms proliferation with Iran – deliberately crushing opportunities to mediate and find healthier solutions – the parallels with a nasty divorce were inescapable. But when you are dealing with a narcissistic opponent – as many divorcing couples are – how can peaceful solutions possibly work?     Look at it this way...

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To have and to hold – insurance for married couples

To have and to hold – insurance for married couples

To have and to hold Arranging insurance for married couples should arguably go hand in hand with saying “I do”.   Financial matters are perhaps not the first consideration when getting married. But it is vitally important to review current financial arrangements and establish new plans at the start of a significant new stage of life. Perhaps the first and most obvious thing to consider is wedding insurance, given that even a simple ceremony and reception will cost many thousands of pounds –...

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Suzy’s Story: A Journey From Infidelity To Creating The First UK Divorce Fair

Suzy’s Story: A Journey From Infidelity To Creating The First UK Divorce Fair

Is a peaceful divorce possible when there has been infidelity?     Divorce Strategist and Public Speaker Suzy Miller   I am a Divorce Strategist who helps to prepare people who are divorcing for a more peaceful journey through divorce.  I have collaborated with the MOJ in promoting dispute resolution, am an affiliate member of the Family Mediators’ Association, have written for the Daily Mail and been featured in many national magazines and appeared on BBC Breakfast TV, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour...

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The Big Mistakes Men Make When Divorcing

The Big Mistakes Men Make When Divorcing

What are the key classic errors men often make and how to avoid them   Sussex-based family mediator Julia Warnes offers some guidance for men when divorcing: “I would say the most common mistake is often not obtaining advice at the earliest opportunity and often waiting until the process can be thrust upon them. I am aware that sometimes they might not want to be the bad guy and make the decision that it is the end of the relationship, rather waiting for the decision to be made for them. Or if...

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Divorce And Financial Planning with Paula Ryan

Divorce And  Financial Planning with Paula Ryan

Financial Planner Paula Ryan speaks to Divorce Strategist Suzy Miller about how valuable it is for a divorcing person to speak with a financial planner at an early stage of the process. “The common mistakes people make when it comes to divorcing and the financial planning side of things is for one, they don’t like to talk to someone like myself, because they’ve not had to do it before, they feel that they can deal with it on their own, they feel that they know all the ins and...

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How To Get your Life Back On Track After Divorce – Relationship & Dating Coach Karen Marshall

How To Get your Life Back On Track After Divorce – Relationship & Dating Coach Karen Marshall

Are you training for a sprint or marathon?   PAINFUL BEGINNINGS When you are separating, going through a divorce or rebuilding your life again, you may be thinking, love will never happen again, or you really don’t want another relationship right now, because of the pain, heartache, and challenges you are working through.  If you have children, their welfare will be something else on your mind.  Let’s face it – splitting up is never going to be fun – and it may have you living one day at...

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Ways To Survive The Summer Holidays When You Are A Separated Family – Part Two

Ways To Survive The Summer Holidays When You Are A Separated Family – Part Two

  The first few months and years after separation require adjustments, but when couples move on, parents enter into new relationships.  This can mean that whereas one couple were involved before with the co-parenting, now step-parents and more become involved. Blended families bring their own challenges – and not forgetting the important role of grandparents, who may also need to be included.   Possible solutions:   Plan as early as possible. Work out a Parenting Plan as to who is to...

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Integrating Families Can Be Tough

Integrating Families Can Be Tough

Nigel shares how difficult it can be to integrate families post-divorce.  Sometimes the ‘new wife’ can be a powerful force for peace! Demi Moore & Bruce Willis who are masters of managing the ‘blended family’.   Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin also stayed friends through their “conscious uncoupling.”  Or you may have heard of Ben Affleck’s divorce where the couple agreed to have separate homes on the same property so their three children can be near both parents.  How...

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Ways To Survive The Summer Holidays When You Are A Separated Family – Part One

Ways To Survive The Summer Holidays When You Are A Separated Family – Part One

  BBC Radio Leicester Interview with Collaborative Practitioner and Family Lawyer James Belderbos     Summer – and the school summer holidays in particular – can bring stress to many families. We are familiar with the pressures that Christmas can bring with families thrown together over the festive period, but the summer holidays can also create stress and opportunities for conflict. Sadly, like Christmas, the aftermath of a family holiday can be too much to bear for some couples,...

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Why Healing And Hypnotherapy Can Help With Divorce Stress

Why Healing And Hypnotherapy Can Help With Divorce Stress

  What are the symptoms that can affect people who are going through a divorce?   Life itself is stressful enough without the added stress caused by marital breakdown. Common symptoms that I witness as a life coach and hypnotherapist often supporting people through their divorce stress, are worry and anxiety about the future (financially and emotionally) which often leads to erratic sleep patterns. When sleep is lacking it often leads to irritability, frustration, lack of energy and problems...

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