Family mediation can be helpful if a member of your team needs to discuss arrangements with their ex-partner, regarding their children or their finances.
Mediation is a confidential process for separated couples to make arrangements for their children and/or their finances. It aims to avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings and allows individuals the opportunity to discuss any issues or arrangements in a neutral and safe environment.
What types of things do people discuss in Mediation?
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The Mediation Process
We firstly invite both partners (or former-partners) to attend a separate Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) individually with a Mediator. This is an opportunity to discuss their situation, fully understand Mediation and decide what the best next step is.
Both partners may wish to attend a joint session of Mediation, which can be arranged for them to discuss any issues and ways of moving forward. 2-4 sessions of Mediation is quite usual.
The Mediator will summarise for them, in writing, anything they have discussed and agreed upon. This may be a letter or a formal document.
The Role of the Mediator
The impartial Family Mediator will help the individuals to outline their views to each other and explore ways of moving forward. They will work with them to find practical solutions for their children, financial assets or issues.
The Mediator will provide legal information, which is helpful when looking at various options, but will not make decisions on either partner's behalf.
We offer Child Inclusive Mediation. This gives children the opportunity to meet with a Mediator to talk about their wishes and feelings, on their own or with siblings. Research shows that children greatly benefit from having a voice throughout separation and this process allows that. A Child Consultation would only go ahead following a discussion with, and signed permission from, parents.
What is the cost of Family Mediation?
Legal Aid is available for Mediation, depending on participants' income. One of our Mediators will happily talk through an assessment for Legal Aid with them, over the telephone, for no charge.
I don't want to request an appointment until I know more?
By requesting an appointment, we will arrange for a member of our team to contact you directly within 1 working day. This is the quickest way to receive more information as it will allow us to contact you at an appropriate time for yourself, provide you with more information and have an appointment available for you, should you wish to book in.