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Consensus alternative to messy separations

Businesses in Scotland are suffering as a result of divorce and separation. That’s the finding of a new piece of research released by Consensus Collaboration Scotland, a body of Scottish lawyers, family consultants and financial specialists offering couples a non-confrontational way of agreeing the legal and practical arrangements for their separation and divorce through supported discussions.
The research, commissioned by family law not-for-profit group Resolution to mark Family Dispute Resolution Week, reveals that the stress of separation also has an impact, with 15% saying they or one of their colleagues has had to take sick leave as a direct result of the anguish of a break up. 14% of people in Scotland said separation and divorce has had a negative impact on productivity where they work.
Yet, despite the effect it has on them or their colleagues, just 8% of people think their employers offer adequate support for people going through a break up, with 34% saying more needs to be done to provide support in the workplace for those undergoing separation or divorce.

FNF Scotland national manager Ian Maxwell says, "It is useful to get these survey results. Our primary concern is reducing conflict between the separating parents and building an effective relationship between children and both their parents."

"However, we are aware from the non-resident fathers who come to our groups that the support they get from their employer is often a deciding factor in the parenting time they can guarantee their children. Some employers are supportive. Others are indifferent or unhelpful."

"We support effective - and affordable - strategies that aim to reduce conflict and, if possible, keep cases out of court. There are too many examples where the issue is really about controlling and restricting the relationship between the children and their non-resident parent for reasons that have little to do with putting the children first."