Mediation for Unmarried Parents
We have a specially trained team of Mediators who are experienced in all matters regarding Family Mediation.
Our Mediation team appreciate that the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and distressing time for all concerned, and because of this, you will receive expert impartial support from our trained Mediators.
When going through separation sometimes the hardest part is finding suitable arrangements for your children. Parents often want to establish a way to see their children on a regular basis, whilst ensuring that the other parent (and other family members) are also able to spend time with them. Mediation provides an opportunity to for families to establish such arrangements.
Book your MIAM
Our Family Mediation team are here to take the worry off your hands. We offer a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to discuss whether ongoing mediation is appropriate for your circumstances.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process used by people and organisations to help resolve disputes. In an instance where unmarried parents have issues that need resolving, a professionally trained Mediator is able to facilitate clear communication between both parties. During mediation sessions, the Mediator helps yourself and your ex come to mutually acceptable arrangements on various issues, such as: parenting arrangements, child maintenance payments, finances and property disputes.
During the Mediation process, no one is forced to do anything they do not want to do, thus allowing you to stay in control of a situation. A trained Mediator will impartially assist participants, to explore solutions which works for everyone.
Family Mediation is a beneficial way of exploring different options in order to work out which will be the best option for you, your partner, and children. The process requires patience and communication, but with this it can encourage families to come to their own decisions, therefore preventing them from damaging relationships and pursuing costly court proceedings.
Mediation sessions take place in a confidential and non-judgemental environment to ensure families feel safe to discuss their problems and anxieties freely, in order to make arrangements for the future.
The sessions allow for both parties to come to an amicable agreement regarding financial arrangements and their children.
How does it work?
- The great thing about the process of Family Mediation is that it can be tailored to suit your needs, availability and preference. There are numerous ways in which a Mediation session can take place, such as:
- Face-to-face meetings: In face-to-face meetings, both parties are present in the same Mediation room with a trained Mediator. The role of the Mediator in this instance is to impartially manage your process, and help you come to an agreement that suits everyone.
- Shuttle Meetings: We understand that sometimes some parties are willing to take part in mediation, however, they would prefer to go through this process separately. During Shuttle Meetings individual parties will have their own separate and private room. In this case the Mediator will move between each room and update each party on the views and proposals made by the other.
- Remote Meetings: There are occasions whereby it is difficult to be in the same place at the same time, and due to the Coronavirus outbreak, carrying out remote Mediation sessions has allowed for us to continue assisting those who require them. In the appropriate circumstances remote mediation sessions may be suitable and offered to parties via the use of Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video calling. These can be either ‘face to face’ or shuttle.
How we can help
Our specialist team of Family Mediators are able to provide impartial support during what may be a difficult and distressing time.
The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. Our team members all have experience of helping people at difficult times in their lives and we are committed to delivering to you a professional and confidential service.
Our specially trained mediators are able to provide impartial support across the country, using remote platforms.
In addition we have a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.