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Separating parents urged to avoid courtroom conflict as Family Mediation Week kicks off in North London / Hertfordshire

Parents living in North London / Hertfordshire who have decided to separate or divorce in 2024 are being urged to find out how to avoid courtroom confrontation to settle money and parenting arrangements, with the launch of Family Mediation Week, 22 – 26 January.

January usually sees a dramatic rise in the number of parents deciding to live apart as the various pressures that go hand-in-hand with the Christmas period act as a final straw for relationships.

Tazeen Khaliq, Accredited Family Mediator of Shepherd, Harris & Co, which serves North London / Hertfordshire says Family Mediation Week is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of family mediation, a process that can help ex-partners agree what works for them, whilst avoiding the court process with all the stress, delay and cost it can bring.

She says: “Many parents emerge from the festive period feeling defeated by the pressures on relationships and finances that have been highlighted during the holiday period.

Here in North London / Hertfordshire we find parents in this position simply don’t know which way to turn. Their life-changing decision to separate brings with it so many tough questions:

  • Who lives where?

  • Where will the children live, and how will we make sure we each spend time with them?

  • How will we sort money?

  • What about debts and pensions?

  • And even the family dog?

Family Mediation Week shines a helpful spotlight on these tricky issues, offering separating parents information about their options as they look to make arrangements for parenting, property and finance.

Family mediation is a process where an independent, professionally-trained mediator helps you work these things out, enabling you to avoid courtroom confrontation. Professional mediators help empower you to create long-term solutions for your particular circumstances, rather than leaving it to a court to make decisions for your family.”

Shepherd, Harris & Co is also taking part in the Ministry of Justice’s Family Mediation Voucher Scheme, which meets up to £500 of mediation costs for families if they need to discuss arrangements for children.

Legal Aid remains available for family mediation and this is a service provided by Shepherd, Harris & Co, subject to eligibility.

Anyone wanting to know more about the benefits of family mediation can visit ,call 020 8363 8341 or email

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