Our family mediation service is a way in which separating or divorcing couples can meet in a neutral and safe setting to identify, discuss and resolve issues between them. These issues can include:
- Making arrangements for children
- Decisions relating to the family home
- Financial arrangements and contributions
- Pensions and pension sharing
Mediation is not counselling and will not try to keep you together.
Instead, it helps you to take control of important decisions relating to your family and to move forward. The aim is to avoid the need for expensive and lengthy court proceedings.
The mediation process is generally straightforward. You can either arrange to meet our mediators together or separately.
When appropriate, you will be invited to attend meetings together. You will both be given the opportunity to discuss the issues most important to you and to identify areas of agreement or disagreement. With the assistance of the mediator, it is hoped that you will be able to resolve any differences or reach a compromise that best suits your family.
Mediators are neutral and cannot ‘take sides’. Our accredited mediators, who are registered with the Family Mediation Council, are also fully qualified family law solicitors. This means that they will be able to provide you with legal information where appropriate. This enables you to make fully informed decisions, with the best chance of your agreement being upheld by the family court.