What is mediation?
Mediation is a way of resolving disputes using the negotiating skills of an impartial third party. Family Mediation is an effective and less expensive way of finding agreement than solely using solicitors and the courts. Making a strong, lasting agreement in a family dispute is particularly important as the decisions made now will affect you, your family and your children for many years to come. If you apply to court to resolve your issues you may be expected to have already attempted mediation. The court might decide to refer you back to a mediator if it feels that mediation could help to provide a solution.
What can we talk about?
Family mediation is a positive way to resolve issues arising from relationship breakdown. The kind of issues you might need to discuss includes:
- looking after your children
- what will happen to your home
- sharing your money and other assets
- financial support
You and your ex-partner will meet with one of our trained mediators to try and come to decisions agreed by both of you.
The mediator will not take sides and will lead the discussion to help you look forward and find a positive solution.
Mediation can help any couple or former couple, whether married or unmarried, male and female or same sex, with or without children.
What are the benefits?
- Family mediation can help you both agree what is fair, practical and workable, now and for the future.
- It encourages joint decision-making that you control, as opposed to having a decision imposed by the Court.
- Family mediation aims to improve communication, reduce distress and bitterness.
- It supports children who may be affected by their parents’ separation or divorce by helping parents to make better agreements that benefit the children.
- Matters can be sorted out more quickly and effectively. Mediated agreements can cost much less than only using solicitors and/or the Court!
- Family mediation works – about 8 out of 10 cases result in at least some kind of agreement.
How does it work?
In the first instance we will book you a pre-mediation Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (or MIAM) to help you decide if mediation is right for you. You can attend this together or separately but you both need to have attended an appointment before proceeding to mediation.
What will it cost?
Mediation is free if you are eligible for public funding or “legal aid” – you will know this by the end of the assessment meeting. If you cannot have public funding, you will have to pay a fee per session – please see the page on our website for fees and costs.
Headed by Victoria Syvret who is a member of the National Family Mediation service, our Family Law team have the experience and empathy to ensure you receive the very best advice.
As a fully qualified Mediator and Family Law Solicitor, Victoria uses her knowledge of the law and skills as a mediator to assist people who are dealing with a breakdown of a relationship. This will help you reach the most practical decisions possible for you and your family.