Mediators & Divorce Psychics – in Guildford!
Guildford has been called the “Divorce capital of the country” according to Liberal Democrat Pauline Searle, in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2007. Now in 2011, Guildford is fittingly one of the first locations for the UK’s only ‘divorce fairs’ – Starting Over from Divorce Road Shows – to become established as a regular resource for local people, taking place 4 times a year at the Holiday Inn Guildford.
As the Government actively encourages divorcing couples to investigate mediation as a way through divorce, the Guildford Starting Over Show will bring visitors face to face with local mediators and collaborative lawyers – both professions dedicated to non-adversarial routes through divorce. But the event will also include a holistic range of exhibitors including a health club, a photographer of ‘blended families’, and the Mystic Housewife who’s new monthly ‘Psychic Divorce Horoscope‘ blog has just been launched on the www.startingovershow.com website.
“The Starting Over Shows provide a whole new alternative to the commercialisation of divorce, something that is taking off on a local basis and the like of which has never been seen before in the UK – or abroad” explains Suzy Miller, creator and producer of these resource-based events. “Visitors learn about non-adversarial approaches to divorce but also have access to life coaches and business start-up opportunities. At the recent SOS events in Farnham, local Citizen’s Advice Bureaus and GP surgeries made the SOS flyers and free code for tickets available to people who are going through divorce or family breakup because they recognised what a valuable service these events are providing to the local community.”
Local independent radio station Eagle Radio, part of the UKRD group who recently won the Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to work for” accolade, are keen that these events become a regular feature of Guildford life. “As Surrey and Hampshire`s local radio station, Eagle Radio is supportive of any new initiatives that make a real difference to our listeners”, says Eagle Radio MD Paul Marcus. “We support the starting over show as it is run with integrity, style and is genuinely relevant to people finding themselves in this situation.”
SOS is collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and educating people about the role of mediation through The Mediation Specialists, and also introducing people to collaborative lawyers from the Guildford firm Barlow Robbins – who keep you out of court. Just as important, they are helping people to deal with the pain and confusion of family break-up. The Guildford Starting Over Show events are sponsored by the local Collaborative Family Law Group.
“Divorce Fairs” started in Europe and the Starting Over Show was the first similar event in the UK to support people going through divorce and break up – but in a very different way. Unlike the first ever divorce fair held in Austria, SOS does not have any Private Detectives or DNA testers exhibiting, but instead actively promote a non-combative approach to breakup.
“It’s all about asking different questions.” Suzy explains. “Instead of ‘what will I get from my divorce settlement’ a better question is: ‘will we be swopping the kids over at motorway service stations for the next 10 years because it’s neutral ground? Instead of divorce parties and t-shirts, divorcing couples have the opportunity to learn all the skills they failed to learn when married – like communication skills, focusing on a positive future, letting go of the past, using this painful time as a catalyst for amazing change.”
Free legal, financial and wellbeing advice at The Holiday Inn, 16 June 2011 & 22 September 2011. A holistic approach to divorce & break up. www.startingovershow.co.uk
Tickets available here now! (paste this link into your browser)
07525 059 634
Case studies and expert comments from ‘divorce professionals’ available on request.