Farhana is an accredited family law specialist and mediator working with Family Law Partners in London. During her 20-year career, Farhana often noticed an unspoken element at play when helping women through divorce, but it wasn’t until she identified perimenopause within her peer group and those close to her that she appreciated the extent of the problem and was able to professionally decipher the impact of menopause on relationship breakdown. Farhana launched the Family Law Menopause Project to see whether any other colleagues in family law were factoring in this important element and to raise awareness of perimenopause and menopause when it comes to family cases dealing with divorce, splitting the assets, children issues or domestic abuse.
Farhana’s tips for family lawyers:
- Listen, enquire, and communicate. Look for cues and don’t be afraid to ask questions
- If you think a client is experiencing peri/menopausal symptoms affecting their relationships and wellbeing, invite them to see their doctor
- Factor the menopause into your cases. Pick a family process that suits the client, for example arbitration or mediation, and be sympathetic.
Visit Farhana’s family law practice at http://www.familylawpartners.co.uk
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