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A Multidisciplinary Team

By Penny Coombes Sussex Family Solutions set up over a decade ago.  It grew out of an idea that there must be a better way of helping separating couples through their relationship breakdown in a more non-adversarial way, and that […]

Hybrid Mediation Case Study

Catherine & Tom Catherine and Tom were a high conflict married couple who had already been separated for over a year when they instructed their lawyers. Tom was a high-earning lawyer working in the city and Catherine had stopped training […]

Taking the Fear out of Divorce

I have been working as a Family Consultant since 2011. I work with couples, families, individuals and at times children who have experienced a high level of conflict during the break down of a relationship. I work within and alongside […]

Lockdown Separation

With Lockdown upon us, and people feeling trapped in marriages they want to leave, for us professionals in Family Law, now more than ever, is the time we are thinking of how to reduce adversity in our work with clients. […]

Divorce and changes to the new State Pension

The switch to the new state pension in April 2016 brought some significant changes….

The role of a family consultant

When people are dealing with difficult experiences, such as separation and divorce, it is often…

The collaborative process

The collaborative model requires a shared commitment to avoid litigation. The process involves a series…

So why consider Arbitration?

If you have been unable to reach agreement then rather than having to go to court Family Law Arbitration run by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) might be the solution. As with the court process, you end up […]

The Parenting Plan

The Parenting Plan [PDF 968k] is a written plan worked out between parents (and sometimes grandparents and other family members) after they separate. The Plan covers practical issues of parenting. • It asks you to think about your children and, based on their sex, […]

Institute for learning & brain sciences

Watch this video to see how disagreement is perceived and will affect even your 18 month year old child. Toddlers who overhear adults disagreeing can use that emotional information to guide their own behavior, according to research study from the […]