“Perhaps your name is Rumplestiltskin? The devil has told you that,” cried the little man, and in his anger he plunged his right foot so deep into the earth that his whole leg went in, and then in rage he pulled his left leg so hard that he tore himself in two.”

Separation is a life event that involves lots of Rumplestiltskin moments, but expressing your rage probably won’t help in achieving your best outcome. Negotiating about your future is a high wire act of balancing emotion with practicalities, and for most people that is too difficult to manage on their own.

Separation creates feelings of shock and confusion. You will naturally be worried about what you need to do, when and how. You are not alone in needing someone to guide you in making the decisions you now face. That is what the MELCA teams do every day and have done many times before, with compassion, experience and skill. The MELCA teams know the importance of helping you to express what will serve you, and to hold back on what will work against you.

You will most likely have questions in your own mind about how your relationship got to this point, how your spouse is likely to behave, how your children will be affected, how your money will be managed, whether you need legal protection, whether you have to go to court, and many others. At MELCA, you speak, and we listen, so we can help to lighten your load and keep your Rumpelstiltskin out of sight. And we guarantee to keep you out of court.