Family Mediation is a confidential process for separated couples to make arrangements for their children and/or their finances.
Mediation aims to avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings and allows you the opportunity to discuss any issues or arrangements in a neutral and safe environment.
It could be that you have recently separated, or you may have been apart for years. You should feel free to approach us at any stage, for any issue, whether big or small.
What types of things do people discuss in Mediation?
- Time spent with parents each week
- Communicating as parents
- The Family Home
- A business
- Child Maintenance
- Grandparents keeping in touch
The Mediation Process
We firstly invite you both to attend a separate Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) on your own with a Mediator. This is an opportunity to discuss your situation, fully understand Mediation and decide what the best next step is for you and your family.
If you both wish to attend a joint session of Mediation then this is arranged for you to discuss any issues and ways of moving forward. 2-4 sessions of Mediation is quite usual.
The Mediator will summarise, in writing, anything you 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 you and your ex-partner to outline your views to each other and explore ways of moving forward. They will work with you to find practical solutions for your children, financial assets or issues.
The Mediator will give you legal information, which is helpful when looking at various options but will not make decisions on your 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 your income. One of our Mediators will happily talk through an assessment for Legal Aid with you, over the telephone, for no charge. Similarly please call or email us about our private fees.
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.