Designed with you in mind
When a marriage or relationship ends there is often an overwhelming number of things to sort out and decisions to make. At such a time, talking together about the options can feel almost impossible. Family mediation is designed to help you have those difficult conversations in a safe and structured way, leading to early resolution and reduced stress, uncertainty and costs.
Our Family Mediator will meet with you initially on your own, so that you can get to know one another and talk through your key areas of concern. The mediator will tell you all about the mediation process and how it works, so that you can decide if you think it will help you. You are under no obligation to mediate. Mediation is always voluntary.
By gathering information, you will have a greater understanding of the options available to you, and as they say, ‘information is power’. And, if you do decide to mediate, our mediator will:-
- be present throughout the mediation meetings, so that you do not have to ‘go it alone’;
- manage the process guiding you through it, a step at a time;
- be impartial, working with you both to find child focused and cost-effective solutions;
- provide a safe environment, so that mediation can take place face-to-face, or via ‘shuttle’ mediation;
- provide legal information to you both (but not legal advice tailored to your own individual rights);
- ensure that you understand the confidential nature of the mediation process;
- record what is discussed and proposed, providing a Memorandum of Understanding and Open Financial Summary or an Outcome Statement, as appropriate;
- provide a cost effective and efficient way to share with each other your financial circumstances/financial dislosure, including relevant information and documents;
- sign-post you when additional help or advice is needed - including legal advice, financial advice, specialist pensions advice or accountancy advice;
- advise you in advance of the full costs of the mediation process.
Please call us now to arrange your initial meeting and if mediation is not suitable for you, we are accredited to certify the relevant court form, confirming that you have attended a MIAM.
Our mediator is Law Society Accredited and a member of Family Mediation Association and on the list of Family Mediation Council Accredited Mediators. Our mediator undertook the initial mediation training in 2011. She has since worked both in-house, and independently, and as a consultant and she has over 20 years of experience of working in the family law legal arena.