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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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The right kind of lawyers

The right kind of lawyers

  A taste of what choices are available to you when dealing with a ‘co-parent’   I find the easiest way to get a good over view of the options open to me, is to watch a short video. So here are some of the experts you will find in CoParenting in a Box talking about ways to deal with divorce, and also post-divorce conflicts over money and child access, and how to break up intelligently when you live with someone and are not legally married. Yep, staying ‘out of...

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Keeping flexible when creating a child contact agreement

Keeping flexible when creating a child contact agreement

In this video interview by Alternative Divorce Guide Suzy Miller, with Divorce Mediator John Stebbing of Stephen Rimmer LLP, John explains how creating a contact agreement can be a difficult area. The reason it’s difficult is because children grow – their needs change. You don’t want the couple concerned tied to an arrangement which isn’t in the interests of those children anymore. So, you need to have the right type of wording/paragraph that enables the agreement to...

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Change the tone of your divorce using Collaborative Law

Change the tone of your divorce using Collaborative Law

Interview by Alternative Divorce Guide Suzy Miller with Collaborative Lawyer Kim Beatson of Anthony Gold Solicitors     “For me, training as a Collaborative practitioner was a natural progression from being already an experienced Mediator. Some couples feel that Mediation is just too overwhelming for them, if they are struggling with the emotional and psychological aspects of divorce and family breakup, and those clients may want some partisan help during the negotiations. ...

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Will Collaborative Law win over Mediation in the end?

Will Collaborative Law win over Mediation in the end?

  Interview by Alternative Divorce Guide Suzy Miller with Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer Kim Beatson of Anthony Gold Solicitors       What is the best way to go through divorce? “I would say to anyone: ‘Here is my options leaflet, giving you the choices of Mediation, Collaborative Law, lawyer-led mediation or the court system. It’s your choice. Think about those options carefully.’”   Why don’t people know more about it? “Mediation awareness...

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Investing in Diamonds after Divorce – part II

Investing in Diamonds after Divorce – part II

  Diamonds may be a girl’s best investment post-divorce   Always a girl’s best friend, Diamonds join gold as a stable investment option once the divorce dust settles, as part of a solid financial plan for the future.   Diamonds last forever – sadly unlike so many marriages.  The good news is, diamonds remain a girl’s best friend through divorce also, as buying diamonds is not only an investment option as part of a long-term financial plan, but it feels...

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Good self esteem is pivotal – especially post-divorce

Good self esteem is pivotal – especially post-divorce

  Jessica Hylands draws on her experience as a Confidence Coach to share some advice for those of us with low-self esteem – a common side-effect of divorce and family breakdown. How good do you think you are?  Do you like yourself?  Going through a relationship break-up can leave you feeling less than great.  Getting a divorce which ends up being adversarial can totally smash your self-esteem and make taking a non-adversarial route – using mediation or collaborative law...

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Investing in Diamonds after Divorce – Part I

Investing in Diamonds after Divorce – Part I

  Diamonds are forever – outlasting even the most long-term and stable marriage.  They remain a girl’s best friend through divorce also, as buying diamonds is not only an investment option as part of a long-term financial plan, it makes investing somehow feel more glamorous!   Who wants a load of gold stashed in a safe box when they can have beautiful gems to enjoy that also provide security for the future?   When you find yourself in the process of getting divorced, all...

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Michael Prest divorce case could lead to even more acrimony

The Supreme Court has recently ruled in favour of the English estranged wife of a Nigerian oil tycoon Michael Prest, in a case lawyers say could have implications for other wealthy divorcing couples. Some might be surprised that only now that the courts are taking this action to help people to be more open and transparent about where they keep their money, when one would have thought these ‘loopholes’ would have been filled in long ago.  How, I wonder, will this effect the forensic...

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Big Bang Divorce: 4 Key Steps to a Quieter Divorce

Big Bang Divorce: 4 Key Steps to a Quieter Divorce

Big Bang Divorce Star avoids adversarial breakup   Mayim Bialik of the Big Bang Theory allowed avoided her own Big Bang divorce from her real life husband and allowed it to be a quiet affair. Unlike many Hollywood celebrities, the star – along with her husband Micheal Stone – quietly finalized their split last week, evenly sharing out their property.   In theory, how do I avoid a Big Bang Divorce and settle things quietly?   Taking responsibility for the journey you...

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Adversarial Divorce Costs!

Adversarial Divorce Costs!

  Every New Year brings a bumper crop of divorce enquiries for law firms and online divorce providers in the traditional post-Xmas break up season, the true cost of rushing into an adversarial divorce is still one of the best kept secrets in town.   The current difference in cost is estimated at £65,000 – money which could be better spent on university fees for the children, according to the UK’s campaigner for Alternative Divorce, Suzy Miller.   Suzy Miller of...

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How To Keep Yourself Affair Proof

  Did you know that 17% of marriages end because of affairs? Did your marriage end because of an affair? The truth is that nobody will remain sexually faithful, unless it fits in with their values hierarchy. No such thing as being faithful to a person. You will find – or have found by now that your ex is more trustworthy when it comes to living their highest values and least trustworthy when they live something low on their values. Experience of betrayal happens all the time. Nobody is...

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Relationships never die – they just change form

  Are you feeling that you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be working? Do you think the relationship needs to be let go of and it’s time to move on? Are you completely confused, in emotional pain and with no idea how to make things better?   MYTH NUMBER ONE:  Nothing can save this relationship now Rubbish.  A relationship – especially when you have children – is more than a marriage or the partnership that contains it.  Even if the form of that...

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How to start standing in your power with money

You may have heard the saying that ‘How you do one thing is how you do everything’ – which, when you stop to think about it, is a big statement in itself. However, when it comes to earning, saving, being in debt and really getting to grips with your money habits, mind-set and increasing your income potential since your divorce so that you can begin to create that liberating financial independence – then the saying changes to ‘How you do money is how you do everything.’ This is the phrase that...

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Infidelity? It’s none of my business

Infidelity? It’s none of my business

    The shock of the breakup was so sudden, so extreme, that normal behaviour would have seemed inappropriate     The events that lead up to it should have left clues, but they didn’t register: The bank letters addressed in his name that I didn’t open because I’d learned that it was, apparently, none of my business how he kept missing the payments on the credit cards. The time he spent at the local pub which was natural for a hard working man, to need...

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Divorce lawyers and marketing – do they mix well?

  This week I may have lost some potential clients, by telling them things they didn’t want to hear. And fair enough.  We all prefer to work with people who reinforce what we believe, and it’s terribly annoying when someone contradicts us – especially if we’ve just spent a whole load of time and energy working hard on something only to get it dismissed out of hand by someone claiming to know more about marketing than us.   However, lawyers are not generally...

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