Couples embarking on a new relationship often move in together. Some couples will live in a house one of them already owns or rents some may decide to buy a property together.
The careful couple will usually make an agreement when they buy together setting out who owns what share; or agree who pays for what when they start to live together. Sometimes this is written down and sometimes it’s not. Getting together can be a gradual process; couples slip into informal financial arrangements over time, and over time can start to assume something different from what was originally agreed.
Circumstances invariably change. Children may be born, jobs start and end, incomes fluctuate, mortgage contributions can no longer be afforded, properties may be re-mortgaged or varied and both of you start contributing in different ways from those you first agreed on.
Years later when your relationship ends how do you agree what’s a fair split of your assets? Untangling the muddle requires tact and technique – mediation offers both.
Focus Mediation offers you a range of mediation styles to resolve the issues around your separation.
While we can offer you the traditional style of family mediation with 1 – 5 sessions of 1 ½ hours over weeks or months, we can also set aside a day for you both: to identify the issues, talk through possible options and proposals and help you come to a binding agreement at the end of the day.
The benefit of this style of mediation is that it can be done in a day, nothing else is this fast.
All the information you need to help you in your decision-making must be available on the day, with Focus Mediators there to help you work through it – helping you find a way forward. You will bring your legal advisers with you to help you in your decision-making or you can have them available on the phone.
We do not have a magic wand, but we can help you reach a decision that is fair, and meets yours and your family’s needs