We offer a range of process options you can use to resolve the issues between you and your partner and will advise you on the best way forward

Counselling & Pre Marriage Preparation


At Family Law in Partnership we have a team of highly experienced counsellors, Jo HarrisonRuth Smallacombe and Dominic Raeside, who have a wealth of expertise in helping couples cope with the challenges and relationships. They specialise in the complexity of relationships and offer a place to reflect on your relationship in a confidential and stigma-free way.

Our counsellors can work with you and your partner at any time and can cover any topic, including:

  • Counselling – pre marriage preparation sessions. Our counsellors can work with couples who want to invest in their relationship or prepare for making a greater commitment to each other, e.g. getting married or entering into a civil partnership. This work can be tailored to the couple’s wishes and needs. Some want a structured series akin to a “marriage preparation course” and some may want to use the time to air expectations and concerns. Differences and similarities can be thought about or couples may wish to use the time to think about how they want to behave with each other and what behaviour may or may not be acceptable. By working in this way, it helps to support the couple’s own problem-solving skills.
  • Counselling – pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements. Counselling sessions can also be of help to couples who are embarking on a pre-nuptial or a post-nuptial agreement (whether or not with one of the lawyers at Family Law in Partnership). These sessions can work well alongside the legal process, particularly in cases when entering into a pre-nuptial or a post-nuptial agreement might stir up difficult feelings.
  • Counselling – family breakdown. For many people family breakdown can be stressful, and distracting. Counselling can help them to come to terms with the changes that they may face, regaining their equilibrium and enabling them to make good long-term decisions.
  • Counselling – supporting you through divorce. Some couples simply need help to get through the divorce process and to work out how to cooperate better.
  • Counselling – exploring your options. Other couples may want to explore whether they wish to separate at all and for these couples we offer couple counselling to help them move forward.
  • Counselling – mediation or court preparation. We also offer counselling to individuals and couples about to embark on mediation or court proceedings to help prepare and support them through the process.
  • Counselling – for children. Children and young people are often directly affected by family breakdown and may need support of their own. Two of our counsellors can support children and young people on a one to one basis too. We can also recommend other specialists who may be able to help.

Family breakdown, whether or not culminating in separation or divorce, is ranked as one of the most stressful life events. It creates a series of challenges on the emotional, practical and financial fronts. Whilst not all are negative nor unwelcome for everyone, these changes nonetheless often require some adjustment. Many of our clients find that our range of Family Support Services can be of benefit in helping them through the difficulties that they face.

If you are contemplating counselling or pre marriage preparation sessions, we would suggest meeting for an initial consultation to talk about how we might work together and structure any sessions. For further information, contact our in-house counsellor and family consultant, Jo Harrison on E: jh@flip.co.uk or T: 020 7420 5000.