Solving GP Partnership Disputes

A partnership dispute between General Practitioners (GPs) will affect a business and its employees but most importantly, if it becomes serious it has the potential to affect the patients you treat. So do not under any circumstances let your GP dispute fester without paying it some serious attention. It is always best to deal with issues when they are at their minor stage, nipping them in the bud, rather than letting them progress to a major stage.

Dealing With A Dispute

First things first, look to your partnership agreement. Partnership agreements are legally binding documents and if you have a well drafted agreement it will contain all the information you should need to settle your dispute quickly, be this detailing the procedure for removing a partner, or detailing which form of dispute resolution it has been agreed that parties will use. Generally common issues will be dealt with and you should have specific rules and procedures outlined within the document that must be adhered to.

There are 3 common ways of dealing with dispute if you cannot simply use the partnership agreement to resolve it. These are the following (listing in heightening degree of both severity and cost):-

Mediation: mediation is the most relaxed form of dispute resolution. It simply involves the parties talking through the issue with a mediator present. The mediator does not contribute to the discussion, nor do they offer their opinion on the matter. The idea is that the mediator allows each party fair and equal time to speak and get their opinion across in a non-aggressive environment. The aim is ultimately for a conclusion to be reached which is mutually accepted without having to take the matter further.

Arbitration: For arbitration to commence both parties must have voluntarily agreed to the use of this form of dispute resolution. This agreement will either be made at the time of the dispute, or will have been made before the dispute occurred. Usually this will be in the partnership agreement, which must have been voluntarily signed. A chartered arbitrator will look over the case and all its evidence and will then make a legally binding decision on how to best resolve the dispute. The benefit of arbitration to businesses is that it is completely confidential and generally takes less time than traditional litigation, making it cheaper.

Litigation: Finally, traditional litigation. If no other technique works, take your case to court. It will come to a conclusion which will be enforced by law. It may take longer than other options and be slightly more expensive but ultimately it will put the matter to bed.

Contact a business dispute lawyer or a chartered arbitrator today if you need advice regarding the best resolution option for your GP partnership dispute.

Protecting Your Kids From Divorce Trauma

Whether a divorce is particularly messy or if it is as civil as possible, it will still be painful for the entire family. Children particularly suffer during this time. Although you are dealing with your own mental and emotional issues during your separation, it is important to protect your children as much as possible.

First of all, it is important to keep your children out of it as much as possible. It can be easy to try to talk to your children about what is going on because you feel alone, but you need to find a friend or a counsellor to discuss your divorce issues with. Even if your children are older, they will still feel as if they are being put in the middle of the situation if you tell them too many details.

It is also important to let your children know that this separation is not their fault. You might be surprised to find just how many children do feel this way. Also, make sure that your children know that both of their parents still love them and that they are not being abandoned by the spouse that is leaving.

Arguing over the kids will only make the situation worse. Some partners try to use their children as a way to punish their spouse, but this is the wrong thing to do. Arguing over custody and child support can really hurt your children, and it will make them feel as if all of the fighting is their fault. You have to be as civil as you can possibly be, and bring a mediator or family attorney into the mix if you need guidance. Remember that taking your children away from one parent can be very hurtful to them and can have negative effects on them later in life, so encourage them to spend time with both parents to keep them as happy and healthy as possible.

Lastly, try to keep their life as normal as possible. Divorces often result in moves, the changing of school districts and other changes, and a child might feel a loss of safety, security and normality. Do as much as you can to keep your child's life as stable as possible during this time.

Although divorces are very painful and traumatic for the entire family, you can make things go much more smoothly if you make the effort. Not only will your children be able to transition to their new life much more easily if you take these steps, but you will also find healing to be easier for yourself.