We wanted to separate amicably and not ruin our future relationship by fighting each other using lawyers – especially because we will be in each others lives frequently as we continue to work together & raise our kids.
It’s an awful situation that you just don’t need to make worse. Collaborating together with Jacqueline helped us focus on the key priorities (our children), understand & agree to what is fair and move quickly towards an outcome that both of us can accept.
Jacqueline mediated very well and we could practically agree on many items quickly. I shudder to think about the time & cost this would of incurred using individual representation – let alone the emotional drain this would be on your life.
Jacqui was able to take an emotional, complex situation and distil it down to the pieces that needed to be addressed at the time as opposed to barraging us with huge chunks of information and administration which could be at times overwhelming.
She was empathetic but continued to ensure we all stayed focused on producing a good outcome for our children and for ourselves. She was supportive but not biased in anyway, in fact went to extreme lengths to ensure she was balanced and both parties received the same information.
Jacqui made a difficult matter far easier by her guidance and practical advice. She always started with what was right for the children which was exactly how we wanted to manage our separation.
Jacqueline helped us navigate such a difficult time always pulling our focus back to what was in the best interests of our child. She guided us through future scenarios we hadn’t even considered and offered a framework to set up a co parenting arrangement that was as amicable and fair to both parties as possible. Her listening skills were excellent which in particular helped us move through the difficult times.
In summary, I believe she helped us avoid court!
Jacqueline was great. She was a real support and it helped that she had personal experience in this field. She was heartfelt in the Separation Collaboration process.
Whilst the separation was the hardest thing I have done in my life I found that Jacqueline made the process so much easier for everyone involved with the right balance of compassion and firm guidance where needed. We simply could not have got through it without her.
ABC Drive – Radio – “I just get by”: What happens when you split later in life
On 24th April, Jacqueline Wharton spoke with Aaron Kearney at ABC Newcastle about the repercussions of a marriage breakdown later in life - emotionally, practically and financially. Click here to listen to the