Our Wellbeing Hub
Going through a divorce or separation is so much more than a legal process. At the heart of FLiP is a commitment to thinking about how divorce and separation affects our clients and their families. That is why we have developed a wellbeing hub to provide our clients with support and a space for reflection whenever they need it.
Our team of family law specialists and therapists will guide you through the changes that you may face with exceptional legal and psychological expertise, integrity and understanding.
We are always able to offer an initial consultation with one of our in-house counsellors to consider which service may be of most help to you or whether we can help to put in place a specialist referral to one of our trusted advisers.
We are here, by your side, always working and thinking in partnership with you.
We have a team of in-house counsellors with a wealth of experience in helping individuals and couples to improve their relationships, whether they are in the process of separating or have already separated. Our counsellors offer a place to reflect on relationship issues in a confidential and stigma-free way.
Our counsellors can work with you on your own or with your partner at any time. Counselling can help you to come to terms with the changes that you may face, allowing you to regain your equilibrium and enabling you to make good long-term decisions. Some individuals and couples need support to get through the divorce process and to work out how to co-operate better. Others may seek the advice of our counsellors if they are about to embark on mediation or court proceedings to help prepare and support them through the process.
Our counsellors can also help individuals and couples in managing the challenges involved in the transition from being in a relationship together to being in a relationship where they are now co-parents. This support can help couples to work better together, putting aside the issues they may have struggled with in the past.
By offering support to parents going through a divorce and helping them with their relationship, we firmly believe that we can help to relieve children of the difficulties that they may face when their parents separate. However, there are times when children and young people may need support of their own. Two of our counsellors can support children and young people on a one to one basis. We can also recommend and refer to expert child specialists.
Our family support services are offered by Jo Harrison, Ruth Smallacombe and Dominic Raeside, each of whom has a background in psychotherapy and counselling. Together they offer consultancy sessions on an individual, couple or family basis and can liaise between you and your legal advisers, if required.
Further information on the full range of our counselling services can be found on our dedicated counselling page here
Divorce Diaries - First Hand Experiences →
Our Divorce Diaries are a collection of the real life advice and experiences of divorce contributed by some of our former clients. The names used in the divorce diaries are fictitious but the divorce stories they tell are entirely real.
We are enormously grateful to everyone who has contributed their divorce diary for sharing their insight and experience in the hope of helping others. We sincerely hope that you are able to benefit from them.
Read the Divorce Diaries here.
Our Trusted Advisers →
Over the years we have developed contacts with top class specialists both at home and abroad. We call this our trusted adviser network. We can draw on this deep resource of talent to support you with whatever assistance you may need.
Our trusted advisers cover a range of specialisms and include:
- Couple therapists
- Child and adolescent psychotherapists
- Addiction service specialists
- Specialists in other areas of law
- Financial advisers and planners
- Pensions experts
- Educational specialists
- Property specialists.
If you are a client and you would like to discuss whether one of our trusted advisers might be able to help you, please speak to your FLiP lawyer.
Thinking Events →
We organise events and host talks designed with our clients in mind. They also ensure that our team is working at the cutting edge of good practice when it comes to families. These events and talks are free of charge for our clients.
Our talks cover a range of issues affecting families today. Topics have included teenage mental health; the conflict between work and family life; and the impact of divorce on the wider family.
Our lawyers have spoken to schools about how to manage child arrangement orders and have recorded podcasts covering everything from divorce and its impact on depression to managing the return of children to school at the end of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Parenting Support →
When parents separate, it is more important than ever to work together as you care for your children. We know that co-parenting can be hard, particularly when you are separating. That’s why we offer Parenting After Parting workshops, specially designed for our clients, to help you through the challenges you may face.
Our Parenting After Parting workshops focus on helping you to help your children through divorce and separation. The workshops cover a range of topics including:
- what to say to children about separation;
- how children can be affected when parents separate;
- how to help children to manage grief and loss constructively; and
- how to establish a parenting relationship with your ex-partner.
The workshops are led by our Head of Mediation, Dominic Raeside (Dominic is also a qualified family therapist), and for the moment these workshops are offered on a one to one basis (rather than as part of a group session). Discussions are entirely confidential. Thought needs to be given as to whether to attend the workshop with the other parent – most parents choose to attend separately but this needn’t always be the case.
Feedback on the workshops from former clients and further information can be found on our dedicated Parenting After Parting page here.
If you would like to speak to a member of our team about the Parenting After Parting workshops or to find out about other options for parenting classes, please contact Wendy Hoare, our mediation coordinator.
Parenting Coordination →
Parenting coordination is a form of dispute resolution intended to support parents who have become caught up in high conflict to implement final child arrangements orders or parenting agreements.
The role of the parenting coordinator is primarily to help the parents to find ways to work together to make parenting decisions and to understand the impact on their children of the levels of conflict which have arisen to date. Thereafter, the parenting coordinator helps to reduce the child’s exposure to this conflict by assisting the parents to resolve any disputes that do arise quickly and efficiently, without any further recourse to the Courts.
At FLiP we have trained parenting coordinators who can support you as you move into a new relationship with your former partner following divorce or separation. Please contact Wendy Hoare of FLiP for further details.
Helping Us to Help You →
At FLiP we firmly believe that if we look after the wellbeing of our staff that we are better able to help our clients.
As a firm, we have pioneered the role of wellbeing at the heart of the divorce and separation process. When FLiP was established, over 25 years ago, it was the first firm to bring together family lawyers with mediators and in-house counsellors to provide clients with a truly holistic approach to their family law issues.
We continue to be recognised as a leader in wellbeing. Our recent initiatives and endorsements include:
In-house Supervision Programme
We have adopted an in-house supervision programme for our professional staff. This involves a psychotherapist attending the office two days a month to discuss issues of concern on an individual basis. By equipping our family lawyers with the tools to combat stress and by giving them time to reflect on the challenges they face in their day to day job, we firmly believe that they are better able to support their clients in a thoughtful way.
We were delighted to win the Award for Wellbeing at the 2020 LexisNexis Legal Awards. The award recognises the organisation which demonstrated the strongest commitment to promoting a working environment that supports the mental and physical health of its staff and enables them to maintain a healthy balance between their work pressures and home life.
Excellence in Client Service
FLiP was named as a leader for client service by Legal Business in its publication “Client Service Uncovered: The Best Rated Firms” (7th April 2020). Legal Business gathered and complied ratings for more than 1,000 firms from the biggest international names to smaller boutique law firms like Family Law in Partnership. The firms were rated by 60,000 clients across a range of criteria including partner engagement, resourcing, billing and communication. For more information on the analysis carried out by Legal Business and the rankings, click here.
Law Care Champion
Consultant Gillian Bishop has been appointed as a Champion by Law Care. Law Care is a charity which offers information, training and emotional support to the legal community in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. Gillian’s appointment provides the opportunity to be involved in the development of wellbeing across the legal profession.
Education, Training & Wellbeing
The education and training of our team is a key element in ensuring that we are able to support our clients with the very best service. Professional skill development is provided by our dedicated Professional Development Lawyer and by our membership of bodies such as the Family Mediators Association and Resolution, the family lawyers association.
Our Publications →
Our publications provide detailed information and guidance on a range of topics related to divorce and separation. You can view our latest publications here and you can download copies of our publications to read at your leisure.
Our Toolkit →
Our Toolkit contains information and links to external websites which our family law specialists thought might be helpful to our clients. Visit our carefully curated Toolkit here.
We have some of the very best London divorce lawyers and family mediators along with specialist arbitrators, family consultants and counsellors. There’s no one better to handle your case.
“They take a very personalised, client-centric approach. They focus on the client and provide a very able and caring service.”
Chambers & Partners UK 2021
“I cannot imagine being better looked after anywhere else”
“A difficult time made so much easier”
“The way the firm is run is exemplary. They are always available and there is a kindness there that goes beyond the actual work”
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