Mediators in Manchester will mediate the full gamut of cases from domestic divorces to headline news, with stars of sport and television alike making their homes in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and across the North West.
We’ve picked out three of the biggest headline stories from this summer – they’re still ongoing and subject to plenty of tabloid rumour and unnamed sources, but if any were to lead to divorce, Manchester mediators would be on hand to help the couples overcome their differences and separate as amicably as possible.
Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom
Bolton-born Amir Khan has had a turbulent year, starting with a fall-out with his parents over his wife Faryal Makhdoom’s choice of clothing.
By the summer, reports claimed that Faryal had encouraged Amir to make the peace, but in August Khan unleashed a tirade of public tweets accusing Makhdoom of cheating on him with the boxer Anthony Joshua.
He added: “I’m making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger” in the series of tweets, sent while he was in Dubai.
The pair had only recently put their six-bedroom new-build mansion in Lostock, near Bolton, on the market for £1.6 million, and if they were to divorce immediately, Manchester mediators could be called upon to decide who gets the house or the proceeds of the sale.
But recent tweets suggest Faryal is not interested in money, as on September 12th she wrote: “We was so happy poor, but when we got rich…” adding the hashtag #hov, a reference to the rapper Jay-Z.
And on September 21st she tweeted a statement saying that she and her husband are planning to reconcile for the sake of their children.
Jamie and Louise Redknapp
Although the couple now live in Oxshott in Surrey, Jamie Redknapp’s most prolific period of his footballing career came during his eleven years with Liverpool, and he and Louise previously shared his bachelor pad on the city’s Albert Dock.
Three years with Tottenham Hotspur weren’t enough to dispel Jamie’s Liverpool links, but if this summer’s headlines are to be believed, he may make a return to the bachelor lifestyle in the not too distant future.
After an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and with an upcoming pop tour and theatrical stage appearances, Louise is reportedly finding a new lease of life – and one that leaves little room for her husband of nearly 20 years.
Some unsubstantiated headlines have even claimed that the singer is seeking a quickie divorce.
Wayne and Coleen Rooney
The tabloids have been poring over every detail of the Rooneys’ marriage since the start of September, when Wayne Rooney was arrested on a charge of drink-driving with a female passenger, while Coleen Rooney and the couple’s three children were on holiday.
His arrest came just a week after Wayne announced his retirement from international football, and while the press have reported that Coleen is at the end of her tether, she took to Twitter to say: “Would love to meet all these so called friends of mine who know me so well,” adding: “I was being sarcastic towards all these great sources the press have… who I have probably never met in my life!”
In truth, these stories reflect what happens in households every day. Manchester Mediators from Bolton to Bury, Altrincham to Alderley Edge, like Marcia Mediation, will have exactly the right common sense, practical and guiding approach to keep disputes as civil and as stress free as is possible in these situations.