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Family Consultants and mediation

An interview with Kim Crewe The role of a family consultant may not be something that people are familiar with or even considered might be able to assist to resolve family disputes.  Family Law Partners recognise the importance of introducing a family consultant to couples who have decided to separate or divorce as a way

Mediation and Parenting Plans

How Mediation can be used to help draw up a Parenting Plan On day four of Family Mediation Week 2018, we look at how mediation can be useful in drawing up and agreeing parenting plans. What is Mediation? Mediation is a non-court dispute resolution process for couples who are experiencing a relationship breakdown. The aim

Myths of mediation

Family mediation myths True or false –  which of these comments about mediation are true and which are false? Mediation is about Reconciliation FALSE – mediation is a process designed to help couples reach an agreement about the arrangements for their separation without the need to go through contested court proceedings. It is a form

Tips for successful family mediation

Mediation for divorcing or separating couples is becoming more well-known and more popular, and for good reason.  Family mediation enables couples to make well thought out, long-term decisions in a stress-free environment, and it can help to keep costs down dramatically. This is a brief look at the ins and outs of the mediation process,

Mediation vs court

As mediators who promote a non-adversarial approach to divorce and relationship breakdown, we’re always encouraging couples to seek alternatives to the court route. But the traditional way can, sadly, be so entrenched in peoples’ minds as the way to end a marriage that it’s not always possible to find the right words to persuade people

The Origins and Future of Family Mediation

  Family Mediation Week 2018 begins today and is a really exciting opportunity to raise awareness of mediation and the constructive role it can play in assisting separating families. Mediation is a non-court dispute resolution process, the aim of which is to facilitate open face-to-face discussions between separating couples. Mediation as a process is very

Mediation and the role of financial advisors

Mediation has become an established approach of family lawyers to relationship breakdown – be it divorce, dissolution of a civil partnership, or separation between cohabiting couples.  Many family lawyers also belong to Resolution, the foremost association for family lawyers and family justice professionals, which has a pronounced preference for avoiding conflict wherever possible, and provides a simple but

Behind the scenes of a mediation session

The profile of mediation as a means of resolving family disputes is increasing, not least because of its many benefits over the traditional court system. Mediation presents many advantages, ranging from empowering couples to make measured, long-term decisions in an open, more conflict-free environment, to helping keep costs down. But what are the ins and

What to look for in a mediator? (Part 2)

Our previous blog on mediation qualifications is now followed with this post which covers what to look for in a mediator.  Mediators can come from a variety of backgrounds and be trained in different ways. There is a feeling across the industry that we should quite simply be referred to as “mediators” regardless of our professional