Mediation Bournemouth, the culture of celebrities, and how to avoid the spotlight

As a result of a divorce or separation, many people choose Family Mediation Bournemouth (as well as other non-court options like collaborative law) as a means of resolving their differences peacefully with their ex-partner, or for the sake of their children.

It’s important to remember, as Mediation Bournemouth Week comes to an end, in this celebrity-obsessed culture, that mediation is a great option for high-profile individuals who want to keep their family matters out of the public eye because it takes place privately and, if agreements can be reached, there is no need to go before a judge in court.

It’s becoming more and more common for judges to offer journalists access to divorce and family court proceedings, and a Transparency Consultation is now ongoing in response to this growing demand. As a result, the inclusion of confidentiality clauses in family agreements is likely to become an even more important negotiation tactic in bargaining to reach a financial settlement than it already is, e.g. “I will give you more money if you agree to sign up for these confidentiality clauses and not go to trial.” Even said, if famous couples choose to keep their relationships out of the public eye, they can agree to use non-court techniques such as mediation or collaborative law from the beginning of the process.

Although many people believe that high-profile divorces in England are clogging up the courts (the dream of journalists) or costing a fortune at top London divorce firms (the dream of lawyers), the truth is that many couples are quietly resolving their differences, including their children‘s futures, privately with the help of a mediator and/or lawyers. This is done in the privacy of their own homes. Clients from all across the entertainment industry have sought out my services as a mediator, including A-list actors and artists as well as politicians and journalists who want to maintain their anonymity. Some of these high-profile people wish to keep their private lives private, just like the rest of us, but their reputations and careers may be damaged if the details of their families – warts and all – were made public, which is a possibility in the event that the case goes to trial. There are many alternatives to the more traditional family mediating role (with one mediator and the pair) these days, including hybrid (shuttle) Mediation Bournemouth, mediation with lawyers, and collaborative practise without the need to go to court. However, the more traditional model is not right for everyone (especially if there are significant power imbalances). Mediation is not a simple procedure, it is not suitable for individuals who merely want’revenge’, and clients should be emotionally ready for it to work. Mediation participants understand that a good outcome is not one they should expect to be happy about – why? They’re separating, which is potentially the worst experience their family has ever had; but a good outcome is one with which they are both satisfied and can live with, and which they’ve never had imposed upon them. This is why they sign up for mediation.

Couples must sign a confidentiality agreement before Mediation Bournemouth or collaborative law can begin, agreeing to basic confidentiality provisions and, as part of a broader agreement about the financial outcome, it is not unusual to agree on specific confidentiality clauses, for example, not disclosing the conditions of the financial settlement, but sometimes broader clauses about factors of the couple’s private lives or histories. My colleagues in our reputation management team who counsel clients on privacy problems have been essential in the cases I’ve worked on over the years.

To escape the inspection of the courts again, clients who select mediation – which is purely voluntary – can now also choose for arbitration, a venue in which an independent arbitrator can order a binding decision. For high-profile clientele, arbitration is an increasingly attractive alternative to Mediation Bournemouth, although celebrity journalists are less enthusiastic.

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