Family mediation is an effective process in family matters for a range of family disputes, including divorce, child arrangements and finances. The process allows parents to work with an impartial third-party expert to recommend a way to move forward and agree to suitable agreements. This can be in terms of children and finances.
We offer an approachable, tailored and expert approach to the mediation process. It can be an extremely difficult, stressful and emotional time for you; especially when it comes to working with a partner you are set to split from. Of course, mediation is a voluntary process and either party can withdraw from the process at any time, but we do our best to encourage you to engage with the process and complete it.
Mediation is the process which allows families to negotiate about future arrangements with a specialist Mediator. The aim is to allow both parties to communicate effectively and calmly in a level and unbiased environment. It’s an alternative to Court proceedings and is normally a much more effective way to support separating couples to resolve issues. Such issues include:
The process is facilitated by a neutral third party, known as the Mediator. They will aid the negotiations to support the process of mediation. The aim is to ensure that we deal with the case as swiftly as possible; whilst respecting both parties to resolve every aspect and asset.
The process begins with an initial assessment which helps us to hear and understand your situation, and allow us to see and explain how mediation will help you. After this process is completed and both parties wish to continue, that is when we will begin the joint sessions with the two of you. It occurs over a period of weeks or months and usually concludes with a mutually agreed outcome.
Mediation is thought to be a less confrontational way to agree on arrangements in the event of a family breakdown. It works for many partners going through a breakup, and the other advantages of attending mediation include:
If the process of mediation doesn’t work, then you can proceed with your dispute in court. There are a variety of reasons mediation fails; whether it’s due to one of the parties not attending mediation sessions or the mediator doesn’t feel the process will succeed.
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