Catherine

Catherine and her husband had been married for many years and had two adult children at the time of their divorce. She had not worked during the marriage and her husband left her in a financially precarious position.

Frances

Frances’s husband had built the family’s fortune through his success in the financial markets. However the stress of this lifestyle created a fraught relationship and eventually, after fifteen years of marriage, Frances thought there was no alternative but to separate, anticipating their twelve-year-old son sharing his time between their homes. They used the collaborative process to reach their divorce settlement.

Georgia

Georgia and her husband had one young child and had had a relatively short marriage at the time of their divorce. Georgia was the main breadwinner in the family.

Harry

Harry and his wife had been married for almost thirty five years at the time of their divorce. They had two adult children and had spent quite some time separated before finalising their divorce.

Ian

Ian and his wife had been married for many years and had adult children at the time of their divorce. They tried unsuccessfully to use the collaborative approach to settle the issues between them.

Juliet

Juliet and her husband separated after almost 15 years of marriage. They had 3 young children aged 11, 9 and 6. Juliet and the children moved out, while her husband stayed in the family home. He was the sole income earner.

Kate

Kate and her husband had been married for over twenty years at the time of their divorce. They had three young children and Kate was a working mum.

Louis

Louis and his wife were married in Italy in the late 1970s and lived around the world supporting Louis’s career in the oil industry. Their only child had recently started her second year at university at the time of their separation. They used arbitration at the suggestion of their mediator to resolve the complexities of their finances, seeing their case conclude in six months.

Michael

Michael and his wife were both retired at the time of their divorce. They had been married for over thirty years and had three adult children.

Nick

Nick and his wife had been married for almost ten years when they separated. They both worked and had two young children. They reached an out of court divorce settlement.

Oliver

Oliver and his wife had been married for almost twenty years when his wife asked him for a divorce. They had four children, two young children and two teenagers. They used the collaborative process to agree the terms of their divorce settlement.

Peter

Peter, an ambulance driver, and his wife, a nurse, married after having known each other for a year. They had two boys close in age. Their marriage lasted for almost twenty years and by the time they divorced the boys were in their mid teens.

Quentin

Quentin and his wife had met at university. They had three teenage children at the time of their divorce and had been married for over twenty years.

Richard

Richard and his wife had two sons, one was quite young and one was a teenager, at the time of their divorce. He and his wife had been married for over twenty years. Richard was keen to explore saving the marriage but his wife wanted to move forward to a divorce. His fractured relationship with his boys has since been restored.

Rob

Rob and his wife had been together for almost twenty years by the time they divorced. They had both worked throughout the marriage and they had one young child. They negotiated an out of court settlement.

Steve

Steve had hoped to avoid the separation pursued by his wife after twenty eight years of marriage that had produced four children and a sizeable business empire. Steve had considered a traditional litigated route but adopted a collaborative approach involving a trusted joint accountant to help him and his wife assess the different options.

Tom

Tom and his wife had one young child and divorced after five years of marriage. They reached an out of court divorce settlement.

Vivienne

Vivienne and her husband had been married for almost thirty years and had two adult children at the time of their divorce. Vivienne’s husband had a high profile job and she also worked during the marriage. They had tried couple counselling in the past. They used the collaborative process to agree the terms of their divorce settlement.

Wendy

Wendy had met her husband at university. Eventually ceasing work, she had been increasingly isolated in a large suburban home, raising the four children as her husband pursued a successful city career and then formed a relationship with a much younger work colleague.

Yvonne

Yvonne married her husband when she was in her mid-20s and they separated after twenty four years of marriage with three children either at or just emerging from university. Each had a demanding career in medicine but there was uncertainty as to future earnings.

Zoe

Zoe and her husband had three young children at the time of their divorce. They had both worked during their fifteen year marriage.