What is Family Mediation?
Family law mediation is a voluntary process where an independent, professionally trained mediator helps separating couples find solutions to issues that arise as a result of divorce or separation. Couples voluntarily engage in this process to address various issues such as child arrangements (sometimes referred to as child custody), financial matters, property division, and parenting arrangements.
The mediator, a neutral third party, facilitates open communication and guides the couple towards mutually acceptable solutions. This approach aims to promote constructive dialogue, reduce conflict, and minimise the emotional and financial strain associated with court proceedings. As we explain below, it is also possible – indeed we believe it is a real benefit for almost every couple- to have a family consultant involved within the mediation process.
Family consultants can provide additional support, addressing emotional and psychological aspects that may impact the negotiations positively. Unlike other firms, this is something that our clients can benefit from when instructing us to support them using mediation. Opting for mediation can offer couples a more cost-effective and amicable way to reach fair and sustainable agreements.
Our Approach to Family Mediation
Our team of experts are highly experienced in family mediation. As a firm we regularly advise clients on how mediation can be used as an effective way of resolving family law issues, including arrangements for children. Sarah Jelly, Hazel Manktelow, Gemma Hope, Kate Elliott, Hannah Viet, Jayne Llewelyn, Emily Pain, Louise Buttery and Alice Scambler are the team’s professionally trained mediators.
Our team take the following approach:
- We will skilfully guide you in your discussions.
- We will give you guidance as to whether the terms you want to reach will be approved by the court.
- We will provide a safe and structured forum for discussion.
- We will help you to find the solutions.
- We will facilitate and control the production and review of paperwork and ensure ideas and proposals are reality checked.
- Where appropriate we will invite you to involve your children in the process, enabling their voices to be heard.
- We will ensure that decisions are balanced and safe.
We have put together a range of downloadable resources to explain some of the benefits of mediation, how the process works and why it might be right for you. To access each resource, click on the circles below.