Earlier today, my latest Divorce Clinic on ITV This Morning fielded live questions from viewers, on family law-related subjects ranging from child support to reasonable needs and the most suitable time to commence divorce proceedings.
I mentioned Child Maintenance Options and, if you saw the programme and you would like more information about this organisation, you can find it here. I have featured Child Maintenance Options on this blog previously: part of the Department for Work and Pensions, it is a free and impartial information service, which helps parents make choices about child support.
We also touched on the suitability of mediation for one caller’s divorce. In my latest book, I examine the various routes to divorce (mediation, arbitration, collaborative divorce and lawyer-led divorce) in detail, setting out the various pros and cons. I will say that in my experience, mediation is likely to fail if offered too early, before you and your former partner are ready to talk meaningfully to one another. However I believe mediation can work extremely well when all the assets are disclosed, both of you have a reasonable idea of your own financial requirements for the future, and you are willing to talk to one another. Today’s caller was adamant that she and her former partner would not be talking any time soon. Court should be the last resort but in cases like this one, it is often the only option.
The quickfire questions and answers mean that I have to think on my feet, but I enjoy the challenge and I like being able to help the programme’s viewers. It was good to be back in the studio, and I would like to thank Eamonn, Ruth and the This Morning team for making me feel as welcome as they always do.