Euan Davidson (Godalming Family Mediation)
We understand that, whether you have already separated from your partner or are just beginning the process of considering separation, this is a very difficult and upsetting time for everyone involved, including any children of the relationship. At Godalming Family Mediation, we are able to offer you support with a number of issues that you and your partner may wish to resolve at this time, including:
Making important decisions for your children
Dealing with financial issues
Considering the most appropriate way to finalise the end of your relationship, whether you have been married, in a civil partnership, co-habiting or have never lived together.
We understand that each person’s situation is unique and are able to offer assistance in helping you both reach agreements about a wide variety of other issues that you might be facing, ranging from exploring the choice of schools for your children to deciding who will take responsibility for looking after the family pets. If you are unsure whether any particular issues are suitable for mediation, please feel free to contact us in order that we can discuss your specific needs in more detail.
Following several years living in Tanzania, East Africa, during which time I taught mathematics, worked for a university, undertook international development consultancy work and completed a PhD in Education and Development, I decided to return to the UK to study law.
Initially, my plan was to focus on human rights and global advocacy with a view to combining my background in development and legal knowledge. However, I soon formed a strong interest in family law as I felt that this was the area where I could most effectively use my life skills and experience to assist people in difficult situations facing them during their lives but I then began to realise that the confrontational approach to family issues within the legal system, particularly when the courts were involved, often worsened a dispute rather than resolving it, and was also very much at odds with my own conciliatory approach.
It was with great joy that I then discovered the world of family mediation which is guided by principles that so closely resemble the way that I feel that family issues should be resolved. When I factor in the fact that, after many false dawns, it looks like the government, the courts and the legal profession are also beginning to appreciate the potential benefits of using mediation, I am very pleased to be part of this transition from litigation to mediation and I look forward to doing my bit on a local and national level to raise the profile of mediation as well as assisting as many people as possible to resolve their issues amicably.