Latest official figures state that approximately 300,000 British nationals live in Spain, but it is suggested that in reality the number of Brits that have made Spain their home could be around one million. For many, a life in the sun is the ultimate dream and it is only achieved in retirement. This new life in Spain is the reward for thirty plus years’ hard work in the UK’s cold and grey climate.
The first six months is what would be called the ‘honeymoon’ period, with daily trips to the beach and maybe new friends from Spanish class. It is exciting and new. However, many couples find the transition not as easy as they had anticipated, and as the months go by, the sun starts to lose its warmth and the shadows start to loom. Living in Spain has its sacrifices, such as close family members and friends are no longer near and those support networks, which people had relied on, are not available in the same way. Couples also find themselves in each others company 24/7, where before they would only see each other after work for a few hours and on weekends. This can be a shock to the system and put a strain on any relationship. Some relationships adjust, other don’t manage, resulting in a permanent breakdown. When this happens it is important to speak to someone about what happens next.
Mediation is not marriage counselling!
It needs to be stressed that family mediation is not a counselling service, but assists people who have decided that their relationship has ended. It is an alternative to instructing expensive divorce lawyers for each person. Mediators are impartial and will assist separating couples with the splitting of financial assets, and if children are involved, look at how each parent will spend time with their children.
Our family mediator, Stuart Hanson, is fully accredited in all issues by the Family Mediation Council in the UK. He is also a member of The College of Mediators and holds a Legal Aid contract for England and Wales. Stuart has mediated on a wide range of cases from high net worth individuals to child radicalisation. Stuart is also able to sign English court forms such as the C100 and FM1, which makes him unique in Spain.
If you think family mediation would help you and your family, please contact Pellicer & Heredia to arrange your appointment with Stuart.