Family Mediation

Family Mediation provides an alternative to the more traditional Court Process for resolving disputes in family matters such as financial and children matters.  For example how the family finances will be dealt with after separation or how much time each parent will spend with the children.  Family Mediation brings couples and/or families together who are experiencing family and relationship difficulties to discuss their issues in a calm and neutral environment in the hope of reaching solutions to their disputes.

When couples or families are experiencing difficulties emotions run high and talking face to face can seem the hardest thing to do.   A Mediator can help you start talking and focus on what matters to you.  Mediation is a process to help, usually couples, but also other family members, who have decided to separate or divorce to talk things through.  With the hope that solutions can be found for the future of the family in respect of the children and/or the family finances.

Factsheet

Family Mediation - Telford
Family Mediation – The Advantages:

  • You make the decisions about your family rather than a Judge

  • A Cost effective alternative to lengthy court proceedings that work in conjunction with your independent legal advice

  • Longer lasting solutions

  • Reduces tension and stress which is better for the whole family

  • Solutions are usually reached in a much shorter time than a more traditional route.

If you are considering family mediation, please complete this form and we will get back to you.

What is Mediation?

When Couples are experiencing family and relationship difficulties emotions run high, and talking face to face can seem the hardest thing to do. A Mediator can help you to start talking and focus on what really matters to you.

Mediation is a process to help couples who have decided to separate or divorce to talk things through.  Mediators are trained to help you reach an agreement about the future of your children and/or finances.

The more traditional route of litigation can add to stress by very virtue of the process and further the high level of costs that can be incurred.  Mediation is a cost effective service that compliments the Court process.

How much will mediation cost?

Mediation is a cost effective method to resolve your dispute.  Litigation through the Court Process is expensive and very lengthy.  Mediation is cost effective and usually takes far less time to resolve the issue.  Mediation sessions usually last 1 ½ hours.  The number of mediation sessions required depends on the issues to be resolved.  The Cost reflects this. The sessions are charged on an hourly rate, and will be far less that the more traditional method.

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting

Individual sessions (1/2 hour in duration) – £100 plus VAT per session

Mediation Sessions
Our fees are payable at the end of each session or as otherwise arranged, are £220.00 per hour plus VAT (i.e. 1.5 X £330.00 + VAT for a 1 ½ hour session). These can be shared between you on a 50/50 basis or in any other way you may agree. We will usually ask for an amount on account of costs at the start of a mediation case of between £750 and £1000. Depending on the issues 3 to 5 sessions of 1 ½ hours each are commonly required but more or less may be needed. Once you have arranged dates for future mediation sessions, if these are cancelled a cancellation charge may be required.

The hourly rate is also applied for any work that may be required between sessions for example in drafting documents or in reviewing financial disclosure but we do not normally charge separately for routine telephone calls or letters. Depending on the degree of complexity, it usually takes around 2 hours to prepare the summaries, with a cost of about 2 X £220.00 plus VAT, shared between you.

If your issues are particularly complicated or you require interim documentation for consultation with your personal adviser/s, the cost will be negotiated separately and in consultation with you both. I will provide you with costs estimates wherever practicable to assist your planning of likely costs.

Who are the mediators?

Mediators are trained to listen to separating couples and to assist them in identifying the issues that they need to resolve, managing the conversation and make helpful suggestions and look at alternative ways of looking at their issues.  Mediators are impartial and they are not able to offer advice to either party.  However, as Lawyer Mediators we can offer impartial information and also guide the parties to access other information or advice if appropriate.

Will I need a Solicitor?

It is entirely your decision as to whether you engage a Solicitor however, many people find it useful to have some legal advice to support them in their Mediation. At the Conclusion of a Mediation we recommend that we produce a document for you called a Memorandum of Understanding, however, this is not a legally binding document and many people then take their decisions to their Solicitor to have them put into a Court Order, or alternatively they arrange this themselves. Please contact us to find out more information.

Do I have to attend mediation?

Since April 2014 it is a requirement for an prospective Applicant in an Application for any Family Order to attend a mediation information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). It is an expectation that the prospective Respondent likewise attend. These MIAMS usually held separately but can be held together (following an assessment by the Mediator). Contact us to find out more about a MIAM.

Is mediation confidential?

Mediation is completely confidential.  Separating couples can therefore feel confident that they can explore their issues, and make suggestions without it being binding or raised in another forum.  There are a few exceptions to this and those are that surround safeguarding. If a Mediator feels that a child or either of the parties are at risk then the Mediator does have a duty to report this issue.  This is extremely rare but if it did occur the Mediator would advise you accordingly.

What happens next?

If you wish to try Mediation.  Please complete the form.  You will be offered an initial appointment, this appointment can either take place jointly or individually, the purpose of this meeting is to discuss how mediation works and to assess whether your case is suitable.  If you wish to proceed we will we will then arrange a full Mediation Session to start working on the Solutions.