Family Mediation is:
- An alternative to court proceedings for solving issues relating to separation, finance and parenting arrangements.
- Generally it is a much cheaper and faster process than the courts can offer.
- A way of helping you reach agreements which take account of all your needs, concerns and interests not just the legal process.
- Increasingly expected of you before you consider issuing court proceedings and often raised throughout the court process itself.
- Voluntary and confidential.
- A process by which you can make decisions about your own and yourchildren’s future with the help of an impartial third party.
Family Mediation is not:
- Counselling or therapy
- About reconciliation
- A substitute for legal advice
- A legally binding process (though court orders are commonly made following mediation by agreement for finances)
- The right process for everyone
How does Family Mediation work?
VideoFirst you will come to an Assessment meeting to find out more and to decide if mediation might be the right process for you. This is usually something you do on your own,( a separate assessment meeting), but some people do come together, (a joint assessment meeting).
If you both decide to go ahead with mediation, a convenient appointment time will be made for the first session. Each session usually lasts around 90 minutes and on average the process takes between 3 and 5 sessions.
At the first session we help you to set an agenda for what you both want to achieve and start to explore the options.
Sometimes mediators work on their own, sometimes in pairs, which is called co-mediation.
The cost of mediation is usually paid for at the beginning of each session. Payments can be made by card or cheque.
At the end of (and sometimes during) the process, you and your solicitors are sent details of the proposals you have made together so they can then be easily and quickly turned into documents required to make your proposals legally binding.
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"People often find themselves involved in court actions when their disagreements might be better resolved between themselves at a much earlier stage and with a more satisfactory outcome, through processes such as mediation rather than the “winner takes all“ approach offered by litigation."
Jonathan Djangoly MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Ministry of Justice
"When we face serious family problems, we still usually say to ourselves 'I must find a solicitor'. But in many (though not all) cases we would do better to say 'we must find a mediator."
Lord Wilson of Culworth, Supreme Court