Here at Parry Carver Solicitors we have identified, like lots of legal firms, that the Government have big plans for how Family Law will be dealt with in the future. In April 2013 there were big changes in Legal Aid. This meant that Legal Aid may not be available to as many people as it has been in the past. At the present time the impact on clients is not entirely clear. However, what is certain is that the Government feel that an alternative to the court process is essential in resolving family disputes.
Mediation has been around for a long time but is not a process that has been readily embraced by the general public or by legal professionals, however, that is set to change. As a consequence, Parry Carver have launched Telford and Shropshire Family Mediation Services. This is a Mediation Service led by a Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) trained Family Lawyer, Abigail Kirk.
Abigail has been practicing Family Law since 1997 as a Chartered Legal Executive. Therefore she has a wealth of experience as to how family disputes would be dealt with in the legal forum. This underpins the skills she has a family Mediator. The benefit to clients is that mediation is their process and encourages them to resolve disputes about any issues arising out of their separation, whether it be how they will separate and where they will live to children issues and family finances, these are but few of the examples.
Mediation hopes to achieve a much more mutually accepted outcome and is more expeditious to a solution and is far more cost effective for clients than a more traditional litigious route. The mediation process compliments the legal process and therefore will help to resolve or narrow the issues, hopefully avoiding litigation and lengthy exchanges through solicitors.