Mediation is the quickest and the most cost-effective way to resolve the practical arrangements for your children and finances following the breakdown of your relationship.
Mediation allows you to stay in control of the decisions, the timescale and the cost. It is a voluntary process which means that you are free to decide for yourself whether mediation is the right process for you and can stop the process at any stage. It is confidential and independent from the Court process. Mediators are impartial and are trained to ensure that you have a safe space to discuss important issues about the arrangements for your family and to reach an amicable and fair compromise. A mediator will provide structure to the discussions to ensure that progress is made and to give you both the chance to be heard.
Whilst in some cases, the assistance of the Court is necessary and the right choice, in many cases the costs and delays associated with that are disproportionate to the issues and level of financial assets that are involved. In mediation, your case can be resolved at a timeframe that suits you, usually within 2-4 meetings. The costs are transparent and payable after each session so you do not have to worry about receiving any unexpected bills. It is therefore no surprise that mediation is becoming the much preferred way of dealing with family breakdowns. If a solution is reached during mediation, this can be made into a legally binding agreement with the assistance of a solicitor.
Before you can apply to the family courts it will be compulsory (in most cases) to have a meeting with a mediator to decide whether mediation is suitable to resolve your dispute. This is commonly referred to as a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting or a MIAM. We can provide these meetings at a very competitive cost. There is also legal aid available for mediation if you satisfy the financial means criteria.
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