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Family Mediation Service

What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is a service with an aim of building more positive futures for families who are experiencing the transitional period after separation, divorce or families in conflict.

Major decisions affecting children may include:

  • The arrangements for the children to spend time with each parent and other relatives.
  • Provision for education, health and well-being.
  • The financial support required to meet their needs.

Property and finance issues may include:-

  • What should happen to the family home and any other property
  • Options to consider sharing other assets and debts
  • Long term future including pensions

First Step – Information Meeting (MIAM)

The mediator will meet with each party separately to find out about the current situation and see if mediation is suitable for you. A financial assessment will be carried out to see if you are eligible for Public Funding (legal aid). The mediator will need to see recent evidence of your income from all sources. If you are entitled to Public Funding (Legal Aid), the costs of your case will be fully covered by the Legal Aid Agency. If you are not entitled to Public Funding (Legal Aid), there is a cost for each meeting.

  • The MIAM will cost £95.00.
  • A Child Only mediation session will cost £120.00 per person per session
  • A Finance & Property (including children if appropriate) will cost £200 per person per session.
  • A consultation meeting with children (if appropriate) will cost £100 shared between parents.

Compared to Court costs potentially running into several thousand pounds, mediation is a much cheaper option.

Second Step – Joint Mediation

Once the mediator has carried out information meetings with both parties and the case is suitable for mediation, a joint mediation appointment will be arranged.

Most mediations take 2-3 sessions of between 1 and 2 hours – we will tailor it to what you need.

Mediators

Our Qualified Mediators are all registered and accredited with the Family Mediation Council (the main body regulating the profession). They are committed to helping you make workable decisions and to move forward in a positive way. They will not tell you what to do or take sides. You stay in control of decisions affecting you and your family. Mediators will treat you with care and respect.

The Right Time

You can attend mediation at any time – before or after separation and also where there are current Court proceedings or after an Order has been made. We can help you to work on implementing a Court Order. It is now part of the law that you must meet a mediator on your own to discuss your situation and options before you can issue Court proceedings. This is because the Court wants to know that you have tried to sort things out yourselves first. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process and can be stopped at any time by either party or the mediator and we will not put pressure

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