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Family Mediation

We understand that separation can be a very difficult and emotional time for you. Our family team are committed to supporting clients through this time and helping them to achieve the best outcome for their family.

Our team have expertise in Family Mediation and Collaborative Law and so are able to offer these as alternatives ways of reaching an agreement with your former partner.

What is family mediation?

Mediation is a process which enables you and a former partner to talk things through with an impartial professional and to help you reach an agreement on arrangements for the future. The mediator’s role is not to take sides but to help you find solutions that you and your former partner can agree on. It is a voluntary and confidential process.

Family mediation can be used to resolve disputes over children, property and finance matters. The aim of mediation is to assist you in reaching an agreement which you both consider fair and acceptable. In certain circumstances, it is then necessary to have that agreement converted into a legal document.

What are the benefits of family mediation?

Mediation has the following benefits:

How long does family mediation take?

Mediation can continue for as long as it takes to meet the needs of the individual parties involved. The initial meeting lasts approximately 45 minutes. Full mediation sessions will usually last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the situation. The number of mediation sessions required will depend on how well you are able to communicate with your former partner and how many issues there are to resolve.

Is family mediation compulsory?

Mediation is a voluntary process and needs the agreement of both parties for the process to start and continue. No-one has to do mediation if they do not want to.

In circumstances where domestic violence or safety may be a concern mediation may not be appropriate.

What is a MIAM?

This is a Mediation, Information and Assessment Meeting. It is the first meeting with a mediator to discuss your situation one-to-one without your former partner present. This will help establish whether mediation will be suitable in your circumstances, and whether it will help you to reach an agreement.

It is now a requirement to attend a MIAM before being able to issue certain types of court applications such as an application for a financial order or for a child arrangements order. There are exemptions to this requirement, for example, if there has been domestic violence.

How can we help?

Seona Myerscough, Partner and Head of the Family Team, is a trained mediator and a member of both the FMA and the FMC. Seona is also a founder member of Reading Family Mediation, further information can be obtained from their website as to the nature of this organisation and the services which are offered.

If you would like to take up the option of mediation then the best course of action is to speak to Seona directly and she can determine if the service is the right one for you and your former partner/spouse.

Please contact Seona on 01635 508192 or alternatively email [email protected]

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Our Family Law Team

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