Family mediators do not take sides but let those separating sort out differences amicably

Victoria SyvretThe breakdown of a relationship is always difficult. With the mixture of emotions it often makes it hard to have constructive discussions with your former partner about the things that matter most, such as arrangements for your children or the family finances.

Many people look to legal advice at this time to steer them in the right direction, but there is another way. Many of us find it difficult to discuss emotive issues such as arrangements for our children or financial concerns.

Family mediation is a positive way to resolve issues arising from relationship breakdown by utilising the skills of a trained third party to help guide you through.

The mediator is there to offer help to both people equally by helping to guide you through those tricky
discussions without taking sides.

Victoria Syvret (pictured) is a resolution trained mediator who is specially accredited by the Family
Mediation Council and offers her mediation services at Burd Ward Solicitors.

She said: “I am passionate about the benefits of mediation for separating couples. Mediation allows separating couples, whether married or not, to retain control of their own family’s arrangements, providing them with an environment where they can discuss the issues relevant to them freely.

“As a family lawyer as well as a mediator I can draw on my experience in family law matters to help steer them through those tricky discussions and offer them options they may not have thought about to work through their ideas for a solution.”

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

The mediator does not make any decisions for you, but works along with you both to tackle the issues closest to your heart in a constructive and timely manner.

Mediation is one of the few areas in which legal aid is still available. If one party is eligible for legal aid the other will also receive their initial appointment and first joint meeting for free.

For more information about mediation at Burd Ward, please contact Victoria Syvret today on 0151 639 8273 or

Posted on January 19th, 2016 by Burd Ward