Is family mediation a cheaper way of sorting out my divorce/separation?
Sarah French | 20.01.2020
I am an associate in the family team. I represent individuals and couples who are facing relationship breakdown.
I support clients who are either separating or divorcing. I help them resolve financial matters, and deal with disputes concerning their children – specifically how much time a child or children can spend with each parent.
I guide clients through the options available to them, helping find the best process and solutions for their circumstances. Wherever possible, I help clients avoid litigation. By adopting a constructive approach, I help minimise acrimony, delays in resolving issues, and costs.
If there are significant disputes concerning finances and/or children, I act for clients in court proceedings or arbitration. This includes disputes over the value of a trust or business interests.
I also support clients when there are disagreements over whether their child or children should be allowed to live abroad. I have acted for several clients on cross-jurisdictional international issues including dealing with the enforcement of foreign orders.
In addition, I offer advice on pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements and advise co-habiting clients who are considering a living together agreement.
I am a trained collaborative lawyer and family law mediator. This means I often take an holistic approach, working alongside experts in other areas such as family and financial consultants to provide a comprehensive service where clients or couples have the opportunity to sit around a table to find solutions to the issues they are facing.
I am a founding member of the Hampshire Family Legal Solutions Group and regularly act for clients choosing this type of collaborative process which puts the needs of the family, especially any children, first. Here is a video explaining more about the process – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChvtWHPPY5pcbBRoQF8iFGg
I enjoy swimming, Zumba and generally keeping fit. I volunteer at my local church by helping with the students and enjoy getting out in the countryside and travelling as much as time permits!
Sarah was compassionate and understanding, yet acutely aware of the legal rights and responsibilities of both parties and was able to regularly advise me on how to obtain the best settlement and provide the best life for my child given the difficult circumstances.
"Sarah was compassionate and understanding, yet acutely aware of the legal rights and responsibilities of both parties and was able to regularly advise me on how to obtain the best settlement and provide the best life for my child given the difficult circumstances. " Client
"Thank you for your excellent advice throughout my divorce proceedings. I certainly would not be at this stage without you encouraging me to take the steps which we did and I realise in retrospect that they were absolutely necessary. Thank you also for your concern, empathy and understanding during what was a fairly horrendous time in my life." Client
"Sarah French was proactive in pushing my divorce on when needed. She was sensitive to my personal circumstances and she dealt with the other party to the proceedings with firmness and strength. I believe that she was invaluable in resolving an extremely difficult situation." Client
"Thank you for everything Sarah, you have been patient, kind and wonderfully re-assuring to me when I found myself in a profoundly vulnerable state, and for that I will be eternally grateful." Client
"You have been a great support to me through this process and you are much appreciated. You helped preserve my sanity during a very difficult time." Client - Mr G
"Sarah’s attention-to-detail is second-to-none. She is meticulous, always striving to achieve the best for her clients." Legal 500
Sarah French | 20.01.2020