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.

What is Family Mediation?

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:

  • Living arrangements for their children
  • Finances
  • Assets

What is involved with the process of mediation?

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.

The benefits of mediation

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:

  • More control over the decisions made and agreed, instead of proceeding through court.
  • A less stressful way to deal with sensitive matters.
  • Provides better communication to arrange future arrangements.
  • Gives both sides an easier method to suggest, review or change provisions.
  • It’s typically a much cheaper and quicker process to resolve any disputes.

What if mediation fails?

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.

To arrange an initial consultation with an experienced family mediation solicitor in Wiltshire, get in touch today by calling 01985 214444 or via email.

 

Charles Goodbody Partner Head of Family and Private Client Warminster

Charles Goodbody
Partner - Head of family and private client

Please Contact
cgoodbody@middletonssolicitors.co.uk

01985 214444

Dennis McNamara Family Executive Andover

Dennis Mcnamara
Family Executive

Please Contact
dmcnamara@middletonssolicitors.co.uk

01264 333336

Middletons has a reputation for excellence with offices based in Warminster, Wiltshire, Andover and Stockbridge, Hampshire. With more than 50 years experience across all areas of corporate and individual law, our team of lawyers provides the highest standard of advice and service.

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