Divorce and separation can be stressful and emotional, especially when children or money are involved. We offer a practical alternative to costly court proceedings – mediation.

At Tallents, Andrew Stout is a Resolution trained 'all issues' mediator who, during a time of divorce or separation, can help you through mediation to resolve your children and financial issues and reach a fair agreement for all.

Children are often caught in the middle when their parents decide to separate or divorce. With emotions running high, it can be difficult for parents alone to make clear and fair decisions about their children’s futures but with the right professional advice, the process can be eased.

Equally, at times like this it can be very difficult to agree financial solutions - mediation can help you towards a fair agreement.

What is mediation?

Mediation is aprocess for couples to negotiate about the arrangements with their future with the help of an impartial third party

  • A mediator
  • A way of helping you reach an agreement, which takes account of the needs of your children, as well as your own needs, concerns and interests
  • Comprehensive, we can look at all issues together
  • Confidential, save for the sharing of financial information and any concerns about child protection
  • Suitable for all couples, whether married, cohabiting or same sex under the Civil Partnership Act
  • Voluntary

What can we talk about?

Children issues

Any issue arising from the breakdown of a family relationship including:

  • Where the children will live and with who
  • Arrangements for contact
  • Schooling
  • Holidays and special days
  • Parenting plans
  • Maintenance
  • Extended families
  • Step-family issues

In fact, you can discuss any issue which you feel needs to be resolved about your children.

Money and property

You can also discuss subjects such as:

  • Family home and its contents
  • Savings
  • Investments
  • Pensions
  • Income and outgoings
  • Debts
  • Child support

During mediation, you can also discuss any other financial issue which arises upon separation.

Who will mediate for us?

Andrew Stout, a family lawyer at Tallents, qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has worked as a Family, Criminal and Personal Injury lawyer, specialising in family law for 15 years.

As a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel Andrew is qualified to represent children in care proceedings and is not only a Resolution trained mediator, but also a Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist. Resolution members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes with a non-confrontational approach to family problems.

Andrew’s workload covers the broad range of family proceedings, including separation and divorce, financial matters which arise from separation and divorce and all issues in respect of children, including Child Arrangements.

Andrew is also a Collaborative Family Lawyer and is trained to assist his clients in resolving all child and financial matters arising from a divorce or separation in a dignified and respectful way for the benefit of the whole family.

“At a very emotional time, I always work hard to help my clients reach an agreement that is fair for both sides, and any children who might be involved. If I can help my clients understand each other’s needs and communicate effectively then we can often find a quicker and cheaper solution to costly court proceedings.”

Utilising his years of experience and specialised skills in client representation, negotiation and problem-solving, Andrew works to shape a fair settlement for his clients. He also has expertise in dealing with the separation of cohabiting couples.