Don’t let things get dirty

When it comes to arrangements for children after separation, Courts should be avoided if at all possible. 

Sometimes it is possible for parents to make arrangements for the children direct between them.  If this is difficult (which is very understandable after separation), I would recommend parents find out whether Family Mediation might be appropriate for them.  Family Mediation offers parents an opportunity to sit down together with a trained Mediator to make these very important decisions about the future of their family. A good Family Mediator will provide lots of information, and help parents set aside their emotions, to focus on what is best for their children. 

If decisions cannot be made, and a Court is asked to decide, the Court process and the outcome can often be disappointing for parents. And, unfortunately things can get dirty.  How much time a parent will spend with their children will be down to one Judge on one day.  A risky business, which can perhaps inevitably and understandably lead to parents saying negative things about each other. This can be difficult for parents to come back from in the future, and conflict between parents is one of the most detrimental things to children when their parents separate. 

In my opinion, Family Mediation is therefore always worth considering.  Please call me if you would like to discuss whether Family Mediation might be a good option for you.  

She is one of the world’s most recognisable actresses, famous for her role as the yellow jumpsuit clad bride bent on revenge in Kill Bill.

But  one imagines this is not the kind of starring role Uma Thurman would ever want to land.

The Hollywood star is caught up in a vicious real-life courtroom battle with her former husband over the custody of their young daughter.

Arpad Busson, a French-born financier who lives in London, has gone to court to seek more time with their daughter. During the first day of a bitter custody hearing, at Manhattan Supreme Court, he accused Ms Thurman of being mentally ill.