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Free advice for Shropshire couples

Esther Evans

A Shrewsbury family mediation service is opening its doors to offer free help for people who are facing separation and aren’t sure where to turn.

Wace Morgan Family Mediation Service will help people find out whether mediation could help them navigate through divorce and find the best way forward for themselves and their families.

And new guidelines which give children of separated parents a voice in family mediation will be explained.

The initiative is part of the national Family Mediation Week from January 21-25. Organised by the national Family Mediators Association, the initiative aims to raise awareness of family mediation as an alternative to costly court battles for separating couples.

Esther Evans from Wace Morgan Solicitors, based in Shrewsbury, who is offering the service by appointment at the firm’s head office in St Mary’s Street, says: “Many people thinking about separation or divorce believe that they will inevitably find themselves in court.

“Relationships between separating parents are sometimes irretrievably broken and all too often their children are caught up in the middle.

“But it doesn’t have to be that way. Family mediation has helped many divorcing parents build a constructive future for their family, without a court imposing decisions on them, and research shows that mediation is often the best way for families to resolve conflicts. It is faster, less costly and, crucially, less adversarial than divorcing through the courts.”

She explained that ‘child inclusive mediation’ was now a required part of the mediation procedure and that she was qualified to provide this service.

“Traditionally children have not been heard in the mediation process but these new guidelines will give them a meaningful voice. I will be on hand to talk to people about what this involves,” she added.

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