What is Family Mediation?
Mediation is a way of sorting out your settlement and separation arrangements using a specially trained facilitator. Mediators are impartial and can give neutral legal information, but they cannot give individual "best interests" advice. The process is voluntary and is a type of DIY divorce - with help. The mediator does not hold confidences (save an address or telephone number) so everything is open between you. There will be a separate or joint assessment meeting for you to find out all about mediation, followed by a series of one to four sessions to collect information, brainstorm options and come to an agreement.
- An amicable, constructive and dignified way to sort out your settlement
- Quick and cost effective
- You have more control of the process.
- The mediator holds the balance of power to make it fair
- You can mediate in the same room or separately, but usually together
- You share the costs between you
- Free if you are eligible for legal aid
- Where needed the agreement reached will have to be made binding by your lawyers
- With normal family mediation, your lawyers will not be present
Usually between £300 and £1,000 each and often less, dependent on the number of sessions
Is Legal Aid available?
Yes, if you go to a Legal Aid Agency franchised service and qualify
What if it fails?
See Court Applications
What is One Day Mediation ?
See One Day Mediation
Time for the process to complete is between 1 month and 6 months
Who can provide this serviceFocus Mediation LtdHawkins Family LawPurcells LLPSheddon Family LawKingsley David Solicitors