How mediation can help
Mediation can really help some couples and families to resolve issues arising from their break up without involving the court. These may include what to do about your finances, looking after your children and dealing with property or possessions.
Usually, couples who have made agreements regarding children through mediation are more likely to stick to them. It is also a quicker and more affordable way to resolve disputes than going to court.
And while agreements reached through mediation are not legally binding, you can always seek further legal advice before any decisions are made final.
How mediation works
- An independent mediator acts as a third party, helping you discuss your issues to reach a fair, workable agreement that meets the needs of any children involved
- The mediator will provide a safe and neutral setting where they listen to both sides and give completely impartial advice.
- All information given is private, with some exceptions, such as if a child’s welfare is at risk
What our ‘Help with Mediation’ service can offer
We can explain fully what the mediation process involves and refer you to a trained mediator. Then to ensure you are getting the most from mediation we can advise and support you after every session.
We’ll talk you through the agreements being proposed and advise you on the reasonableness of these. And should you be unable to resolve your disputes, we can explain what would happen if the court was to become involved.
Should a court application be necessary, you would be expected to have attended a ‘Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting’ (MIAM). If you have not done this the court may ask you to do so before it proceeds with your case, causing delay.
What does it cost?
As part of our fixed fee pricing policy, the cost of our Help with Mediation service is detailed below:
In addition, if you also want to ask the mediator to help resolve any issues around finances as well as children ask us about our Help with mediation all issues service.
Other ways we can help
As well as help with mediation, we can also advise you on issues including breaking up and dealing with your finances and looking after any children you might have.