Remote Mediation during lockdown
In these times we continue to offer mediation sessions remotely which allows all participants to engage in mediation for both individual and joint sessions. These are done via Zoom and participants can be advised how to use this via our team should they require any assistance.
What is Family Mediation?
An independent, professionally trained mediator helps you and your former partner work out an agreement about your finances and arrangements for your children.
The process can be used to agree the terms of Pre-Nuptial or Cohabitation Agreements.
We can also provide mediation for wider family members who may be involved in disputes about property or an inheritance.
It is possible for the children to be spoken to directly by a specially trained mediator. We can arrange this alongside the mediation process.
What are the advantages of mediation?
- You remain in control. You and your former partner decide on which agreements meet your needs, and your children’s needs, rather than having these imposed on you by a court or driven by solicitors.
- Agreements can be reached more quickly. You can decide the pace and direction of the discussions.
- It is much less expensive than going to court.
- It is safe. We will listen to your concerns and worries in your first meeting. If you feel unsafe being in the same room as your ex-partner, we can discuss ways for this to be managed.
- It is less stressful than the Court process
- It can improve your communication with your ex-partner, which can help in parenting your children following a separation.
How does mediation work?
- Individual session
The process starts with an individual meeting with the mediator where we talk about your circumstances along with the issues and concerns you hope to resolve in mediation.
The mediator can then assess if mediation is appropriate for you. Mediation is voluntary and there are other alternatives to the court process the mediator can give you information about which may suit you better.
- Joint sessions
If you both agree to try mediation, we will have a series of joint face to face session. These joint sessions usually last for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. Often agreements can be reached in 3 to 6 joint sessions.
During these sessions, the mediator will help manage the discussions between you and your former partner to help you reach agreed outcomes.
As an independent and impartial mediator, we can give you information about the matters you wish to resolve but cannot give you legal advice. However, having your own legal advice from a solicitor during the mediation process can help you to be more confident about reaching agreements in the process. We can suggest how and when you may wish to get that legal advice.
- Agreement reached
Once an outcome has been reached, we will record this in a document called a Memorandum of Understanding. This can be shared with your solicitor, if you have one, to advise you on those proposals and also to draw up the agreement into a legally binding order. Alternatively, where appropriate, the mediator can draft the order for you.
What are the costs of mediation?
Mediation is charged at an hour rate of £150 per person plus VAT.
Including the individual sessions, the total costs are usually in the region of £2,500 to £3,500 plus VAT.
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