We have an experienced team of specialist and Accredited Lawyer Mediators who have expertise in all matters relating to the resolution of family disputes using a process of Family Mediation.
When going through divorce or separation there are often a lot of issues which families need to address, including the formalisation of their separation, arrangements for children and property and financial matters.
You will receive expert impartial support from our trained Mediators to help you address and resolve the issues which are important to you.
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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 Family Mediation?
Family Mediation is where a professionally trained independent Mediator assists separating families, establish arrangements on various issues, such as:
- Parenting arrangements
- Child maintenance –
- Finances and property disputes
- Grandparents contact with children
- Mediation for unmarried parents
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. Trained Mediators, will facilitate a safe environment and impartially explore with you, your circumstances and particular issues, to help you find solutions which works for your family as a whole.
What are the benefits of Family Mediation?
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 stressful, damaging and 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. Remote meetings can either be ‘face to face’ or ‘shuttle’.
How long does mediation take?
The length of time taken in any Mediation process depends upon the parties, the pace at which they are able to work and the speed at which the necessary and appropriate advice and documentation can be accessed during the course of the Mediation.
Very broadly the litigation processes can take between six months and eighteen months, whereas a typical Mediation process takes approximately two to four months. Some civil mediation matters can be resolved in a day’s mediation.
How we can help
Our specially trained 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.
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