We provide the space to talk and make agreements in a structured, professional environment.
Often, separating couples need help resolving finances and making child arrangements that have their children’s best interests at front of mind.
Our aim is to help you decide a positive course of action. Done voluntarily by both parties, mediation is a process that’s looked on positively by the courts. We have specialists with extra accreditation to consult with your child – and give them a voice in their family arrangements.
Before making a relevant family application, you’ll be asked to attend a family Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (‘MIAM’), where you will be advised about resolving the matter through mediation. In a MIAM, a mediator will provide you both the opportunity to discover how mediation works, what the associated costs are (and whether these might be covered by legal aid), and if mediation is right for you. Should you decide, based on the MIAM, to proceed with mediation, we are fully equipped to facilitate that process.
The mediator doesn’t decide the outcome of the arrangement but instead, they encourage dialogue, clarify sticking points and present options to move forward. We can also provide assistance from experienced professionals if any outside expertise is needed. Any progress can then be drawn up in a document and converted, if both parties agree, to a legally binding document.
It’s significantly less expensive than a formal legal process and both parties choose the mediator, and remain in control at every stage. There aren’t many legal disputes relating to family, finances or children that can’t be resolved with our mediation expertise, and even in the middle of court proceedings, it’s still an option to help everyone reach an agreement.
Is mediation compulsory for family matters? Should it be?
We understand that a relationship breakdown is hard enough without having to learn a whole new legal language.
Mediation & COVID-19
While, in many cases, it is necessary to take matters to a Final Hearing – in order to ensure that a clients' best interests can be fully protected – it is often the case that parties can explore other methods of resolving disputes