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Thinking of Separating? Why Family Mediation Is Worth Considering

During their recent separation Kris Jenner, mother to Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, said that she and Bruce Jenner were still "best friends.“ The Kardashian matriarch was promoting the ninth season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and Kris had nothing but good things to say about her husband, whom she separated from in October after 22 years of marriage.

“We’re best friends. I mean, we talk all the time," Jenner told host Carson Daly of the US Today programme. "Right now, it's just we're happier the way that we are right now. We're really happy. Life is normal, except we're living in two different houses."

On a previous occasion she was quoted as saying "We are better people and happier just spending time apart than we are spending time together. We decided this was best for our family." Between them they have 8 children. Kris has 4 from her first marriage to the lawyer Robert Kardashian who famously represented O J Simpson and Bruce has 2 from his previous marriage. They also have Kendal and Kylie between them and recently took most of the family on a holiday near the Greek island of Mykonos which aired on UK television this week.

Not many celebrities manage their separation as amicably as this and to their cost often end up with painful details splashed over the pages of newspapers and magazines as well as the internet.

Few can manage their separation without a degree of acrimony or the intervention of lawyers but family Mediation allows separating couples to plan arrangements for their children and finances by sitting around a table with a specially trained mediator and still retain friendship and respect for each other. It also allows them to plan and retain control of those arrangements by exploring various options. It allows the couple to stay in control of what happens to the children and any assets without a Court telling them what to do. It is more often than not cheaper and quicker than going to Court.

Tara Deegan is a Family Solicitor in Milton Keynes at Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

Slater and Gordon have expert mediators specially trained in civil, commercial and family mediation. For a free initial consultation call freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help.

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