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Video: Divorce surge during COVID-19 – Channel 9 News Feature

If COVID-19 has impacted your relationship — you’re not alone.

In Victoria, we’ve seen an “85% increase in people wanting to speak to either a marriage counsellor or a psychologist,” our Co-founder Angela Harbinson told Channel 9.

The Separation Guide has brought together a network of specialists who can guide you through the entire separation and divorce process. We connect you with the right people for your situation.

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Video: What is mediation?

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Co-founder Jack Whelan explains how mediation allows both parties to make decisions about their own futures and come to an agreement.

Video Transcript: What is mediation?

Jack:

Good day. It’s Jack from the Separation Guide here. One of the questions which people often ask is, “How does mediation work? How does the Separation Guide work?” The biggest difference between the courtroom and mediation is that in a courtroom, the judge tells you what your future is going to be. And often, that is the best outcome for couples who just cannot see eye to eye, who are not amicable, and cannot reach their own outcome.

Mediation is different. Mediation requires the parties to make decisions about their own futures, and to come to an agreement. Separation Guide specialises in that. We call it a Guided Separation, whereby we work with both parties independently, and impartially, to give them advice on what they need, to try and resolve a dispute, and to do so in a way which would be fair in the eyes of the law.

Now, the Separation Guide can do that because the Mediators who we use are also legally qualified. This really matters. What it means is that you get the benefit of someone who has experience and great trade-craft in keeping everybody calm, and getting everybody on the same page, to try and reach an agreement, but also someone who has those skills and that expertise in family law.

So mediation works by the parties trying to reach an agreement. And often that’s done in a room by speaking together. But sometimes the parties can find that difficult. In those circumstances, we do what’s called a shuttle mediation whereby the Mediator shuttles between the parties, to try and reach an agreement. Often that’s done online, or via teleconferences, or even just on papers, or via email. Both, if they’re successful, will keep you out of the courtroom, saving you an awful lot of money, and an awful lot of time, and stress.

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Video: Mistakes that cost people a lot of money

 

In this video, Co-founder Jack Whelan discusses how couples can prevent making common mistakes when they are separating and divorcing.

Often couples do not understand their own legal rights and this confusion can cause costly stress and conflict.

The Separation Guide’s Q&A and experienced Mediators and Lawyers can help you understand the separation and divorce process.

Fighting in Family Law costs a lot of money.