Many people wonder what mediation is about. It is not about reconciliation. Nor is it about giving legal advice. It is about helping couples sort out their difficulties with an unbiased mediator. The mediator is there to help resolve matters. He will not find fault.
It is likely to help family relationships remain on reasonable terms after the parents have separated which is to the benefit of all, particularly the children. It is also much less costly than going to court. It is confidential. Anything said in mediation cannot be used in any court proceedings if the mediation does not succeed.
Divorcing or separating couples or cohabitees can come to mediation about :
-The divorce or separation itself
-Sorting out property or financial matters
-Sorting out issues in relation to the children
It can also help in relation to contact between grandparents and their grandchildren and grandparents and other relatives.
It is often less than half the cost for both parties than if they instructed their own separate solicitors. If mediation had to deal with all matters such as divorce, separation, financial matters and children, it might take between three and six sessions of about an hour each.
We are accredited mediators with the Family Mediators Association, one of the most established family mediation organisations in the UK. We are also accredited specialist members of Resolution (in Family Law). Whilst we will happily see people between 9am and 5.15pm, evening and weekend appointments can be made available by prior arrangements.