Do you have a dispute with your former partner about finances or matters concerning your children? Family mediation is a legitimate alternative to the court process and avoids the cost, delay, fear and anxiety of court proceedings.
What is Family Mediation?
Mediation is a quick, affordable and a client-led method of conflict resolution, addressing the personal, sensitive matters that arise from your separation. The Family Mediator is an impartial and neutral referee between you and your former partner to help you make the right choices and decisions for you and your family.Family Mediation is most commonly used to help families resolve the financial matters arising from a separation, whether you are married or not, and to make arrangements in respect of any children. The key is that the clients are the ones in control. With our help, you make the decisions.
How does Family Mediation work?
We have a dedicated Mediation suite on neutral ground at our offices. We provide a safe and secure environment you can meet and talk.
We help you make the right choices for you and your family. We listen to both sides.
Mediation is voluntary and confidential and an effective means of resolving disputes. It requires both parties to commit to the process. Your Mediator will act for both clients and will oversee and facilitate discussions between both of you at your mediation session.
If legal proceedings are issued, the Ministry of Justice, judges and lay magistrates who will hear your case, recognise the benefit of mediation. More and more, the court will direct both parties to attend mediation to try to resolve their issues.
Who is it for?
Family Mediation is for anyone with a domestic dispute with his or her former partner or family members. Clients may be married, unmarried, with or without children. Mediation can also work where parents or grandparents are involved.
Mediation will help clients like you to make informed decisions. You might be separated and seeking to resolve financial matters arising from your divorce. You might be in the process of separation and want to discuss arrangements for your children including what, how and when to tell the children of your family breakdown.
Engaged couples looking to negotiate the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement can also use mediation.
Our charges are £100+VAT per hour per person. Mediation sessions are usually between 1 hour and 1½ hours. Your mediator, Louise Martin, will prepare documents for you between sessions to help the process move forward.
Mediation proceeds at the pace of the parties and in accordance with what best suits your situation. It is not always possible to predict how many sessions are needed as your mediator will need to discuss with you issues that you consider important.
For a confidential, initial consultation call our Mediation Co-Ordinator – Sharon – on 01630 652405. Sharon will liaise with you and your former partner to agree a mutually convenient time for your session.
Louise Martin is a family mediator. She has completed initial training in 2016 and is registered with the Family Mediation Council as working towards fully qualified status as a family mediator. She is supported by her Professional Practice Consultant.
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