On separation, you may prefer to resolve outstanding issues with your partner by way of direct discussion rather than having a solicitor to negotiate on your behalf. Sometimes you may find that you are unable to move ahead on certain issues or that your emotional responses are getting in the way of the discussion. In such cases, it may be appropriate to involve a mediator.
Mediation can encourage effective communication between all participants and gives you and your partner the chance to keep control of your own affairs and make decisions that suit your specific needs. The process is confidential and voluntary and the mediator is, in every case, impartial. Should you choose to use our mediation service, it will remain open to you to retain your own solicitor to advise you as to appropriateness of any agreement reached at mediation.
Mediation usually culminates in a Memorandum of Understanding which records the agreement reached. Where appropriate, this can be used as the basis for an order which has the court’s approval and is therefore binding.
Successful mediation is generally a cheaper solution than taking court action. Whilst we are currently unable to offer legal aid for mediation, we are able to offer a competitive hourly charging rate and fixed fees are available for each mediation session, which will hopefully prove to be a cost effective way of resolving your dispute.
Our mediators have Family Mediation Council accreditation and are therefore able to undertake Mediation Intake and Assessment Meetings. They are also members of the Family Mediation Association.
Our family mediators are fully trained to help you make arrangements for:-
- Money and Finances