If you are looking for help with mediation regarding children, divorce or any aspect of your separation our specialist mediators can help you.
In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video conferencing if required.
Family mediation can help a separating couple to work together with the help and support of a trained mediator to assist in resolving issues relating to separation including divorce, children matters, finances and property issues.
A family mediator is an impartial and independent professional who will help you discuss and make your own decisions as a separating couple - as well as assist with the practical questions involved in a relationship breakdown.
How Does Mediation Work?
The initial session with a mediator is often referred to as a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). It usually lasts between 30-45 minutes and allows you to meet your mediator, understand how mediation works, what is expected of you and the other party, and explain your circumstances and what you hope to achieve from mediation. The mediator will also assess whether mediation is suitable - for example - if your circumstances include domestic abuse or risk to you or the other party, mediation is usually not suitable.
If mediation is not suitable, your mediator can provide you with the relevant court form allowing you to proceed with a court application.
If mediation appears to be suitable, your mediator will contact the other party to arrange an individual session with them.
If you both agree to mediation, your mediator will arrange the first joint mediation meeting, which is usually held in the same room, to allow you to commence amicable discussions. In some circumstances, your mediator may hold the meeting in separate rooms (this is known as shuttle mediation).
Mediation usually takes between three to five joint sessions but can vary depending on your circumstances.
What We Can Do
Our mediators are qualified family law solicitors who regularly deal with negotiations and litigation, therefore you will be in good hands with a professional who has extensive experience in all areas of family law.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is mediation?
Mediation is a confidential, out of court process, where the parties meet with an independent mediator to help them makes decisions that lead to a final agreement.
Can a mediator give us legal advice?
When putting on their “mediator hat”, a solicitor acting as an independent mediator cannot give legal advice, but only legal information to assist and guide the parties to an amicable resolution.
I am not comfortable sitting in the same room as my ex-partner, can we still mediate?
The first meeting with a mediator is often called a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
Whether it’s called a MIAM or a first meeting, it will cover the same things required to ensure that mediation is suitable for your matter.
The first meeting with a mediator gives you the chance to find out how mediation works. The mediator will also discuss how many sessions you may need, the cost of mediation, as well as give you information about other services that provide help and support and the other options you might have to resolve things.
What happens if my ex-partner does not agree to mediation?
Mediation can only work when both people agree to attend.
If your ex–partner won't initially agree to mediate we can try asking them to attend an appointment on their own to start with. This can help avoid the tensions of facing each other.
What happens if mediation breaks down?
If the mediation fails and you do not reach an agreement or settlement, you can still take the matter to court. Parties do not give up their right to court proceedings if they want to resolve the dispute in mediation first.
In many circumstances mediation can also run alongside court proceedings.
How long does mediation take?
Mediation can continue while it meets the needs of the individual parties involved.
The initial meeting lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Full mediation sessions will usually last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the matter.
Is mediation confidential?
Mediation is a confidential and without prejudice process – this means that discussions you have in mediation cannot be referred to in court or disclosed to any individuals outside mediation (including your respective solicitors) without the express consent of both you and your spouse.
Is our agreement in mediation legally binding?
Mediation agreements are not legally binding.
A consent order is a legal document usually drawn up by a solicitor setting out what you have agreed during mediation that will then be sent to the court and approved by a judge.