Our lawyers are first class mediators. They are all exceptionally experienced family lawyers, who are able to use their legal expertise to guide you to reaching constructive, and long lasting solutions.

What is mediation?

Are you finding it difficult to communicate with each other? Would you like to reach agreements, but are finding it difficult to do so on your own? If so, then mediation can offer you a way to do so.

Mediation offers a safe and managed space for you to explore options with the help of a skilled and trained mediator. The mediator will help you to discuss issues constructively, and will record your decisions which can then be made legally binding.

Courts encourage mediation

Courts encourage mediation for the resolution of financial matters and child arrangements, and in most cases it is now a legal requirement to attend a Mediation Assessment and Information Meeting (MIAM) before you can start court proceedings.

How it works

At initial separate meetings, we will explain the mediation process to you in detail, answer any questions that you have, and explore your goals and expectations.

Mediation meetings usually take place with you in a room together with your former partner. We can discuss alternatives to this, if needs be. During Covid, meetings take place remotely by video conference.

In matters regarding finances, you and your partner are expected to provide full disclosure of financial information.

Mediation for child arrangements

Discussions regarding children focus on the arrangements that are in their best interests and can involve consideration of the many different patterns of time with each parent that are possible. We have mediators who are trained in Child Inclusive Mediation, if you would like your children to be involved directly in the mediation process.

Hybrid family mediation

This form of mediation gives you the option to include your lawyers directly in the mediation throughout. This can be particularly beneficial where there are complex financial or legal issues, or where participants do not feel able to sit in the same room as their former partner.

Having your lawyers present at the meetings, can speed up the process as you will have direct and timely access to legal advice. The lawyers are able to draft any documentation needed to make the agreements reached legally binding.

Benefits of mediation

  • It is much quicker and cheaper than going to court;
  • It helps you and your former partner to have constructive conversations and reduces conflict;
  • It helps parents to focus on the needs of their children, and to make arrangements for co-operative co-parenting;
  • It paves the way for effective communication;
  • It enables you to reach decisions that best suit your family as you remain in control of the process as well as the outcomes.

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