What are the benefits of Family Mediation?
- It can be conducted at a pace that suits you and the partner you are separating from; courts can be slow and dates inconvenient;
- can be conducted at a pace that suits you and your partner; courts can be slow and dates inconvenient;
- It should be considerably less expensive than using the court;
- It helps reduce the potential for distress that court proceedings would create;
- It allows you and the partner you are separating from to set the agenda and discuss what is important to you;
- It provides an opportunity to speak face to face at a time when emotions are running high and when the next time you meet might otherwise be in a court room;
- It is a process that encourages open and honest communication and co-operation;
- It provides a forum to allow you to create solutions tailored to your needs;
- It is non-adversarial; this is in contrast to the court process;
- You can involve the children if deemed appropriate to do so; it can be very powerful to give children a voice in a process they often feel they have no control over;
- It will enable you to draw on the mediator’s experience, skills and understanding to find a solution that works for you and the partner you are separating from.
If you are consulting us and wish to be referred to a mediator we will direct you to someone who will be able to assist you and the spouse/partner you are separating from.
If you are consulting us after you have seen a mediator we will direct you to one of our lawyers who can look at the paperwork and advise you on its implications as well as providing a third-party view and ‘reality check’ on its terms. We can also assist with incorporating its terms into an order for the court’s approval and implementation.
Family Consultants in Mediation
We are one of the only family law teams in the country to have a fully embedded Family Consultant within our mediation team. Kim Crewe, our Director of Client Wellbeing, works alongside our mediators to support clients before entering into, and during, family mediation.
A family consultant can help a couple prepare for the mediation process, they will be given a safe confidential space in which to explore their ideas of how they see the arrangements for the future. The family consultant will support the couple in their communication skills and reduce misunderstandings to ensure the mediation process runs as smoothly as possible.
It can be very beneficial for the couple if the family consultant works alongside the mediator during the mediation sessions. They are able to bring their experience of working with children and young people to help the couple prioritise the needs of their children, they can also help to facilitate the conversation at times of tension.
We are able to offer fixed fee packages for mediation, including those cases which include support from our Family Consultant. We would be delighted to talk to you about family mediation and how the process works, and is enhanced, by including Kim Crewe in the process. If you would like to know more about this approach please contact us.
Alternatives to Family Mediation?
Family mediation is just one of the dispute resolution processes we offer. In addition to our professionally trained mediators, we have expertise in collaborative law, family law arbitration and solicitor-led negotiation.
For more information on our mediation services and guidance, please refer to our blog which covers different topics on the subject of mediation: https://www.familylawpartners.co.uk/category/mediation
If you would like an appointment with one of our family mediation solicitors in Brighton, London, Horsham, Essex, Kent, North Hampshire & Surrey or South/Mid Hampshire then please contact us on 0330 055 2234.