What is family mediation?
When two people decide to separate there are usually a number of important decisions that have to be made. The practical and financial issues arising from separation, as well as how to explain the situation to the children, all need to be addressed. Understandably, this can be a traumatic time with emotions running high and a great deal of uncertainty about what will happen. Separation can be stressful and costly. Using mediation, it doesn’t need to be that way.
Family Mediation is not marriage counselling or guidance, it doesn’t focus on the past or try to lay blame. Mediation can help you find agreed solutions to family disputes; it can offer a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which you and your former partner can build a framework for co-parenting your children as a separated couple and resolve financial issues. An impartial Mediator will help you work together to decide jointly what you think are the best arrangements for you and your family. Mediation is a voluntary process which you and your former partner can use to create your own solutions.
Agreed practical solutions can be reached quickly, without the need to go to court. These agreements greatly reduce the stress on the family as a whole, and will particularly benefit any children involved.
Mediation Matters is the Sills & Betteridge Solicitors LLP family mediation service. Our Mediation team is made up of specialist family mediators and family lawyers. By choosing Mediation Matters you will benefit from both our mediation skills and our in-depth knowledge of the law.
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What are the benefits of Mediation?
- Speed – Generally mediation takes 4-8 weeks. Court proceedings can take months to be resolved.
- Cost – If you are financially eligible for legal aid, mediation will not cost you anything. If you do pay for mediation, it is cheaper than dealing with your issues through the Courts or instructing solicitors.
- Creativity – Mediation allows you to be creative in dealing with the issues you need to resolve. These can include issues that the Court cannot resolve for you.
- Control – You will always be in control of the outcome. This makes it very different from Court where ultimately a Judge would impose a decision upon you.
- Communication – Because mediation encourages you to work together to find a solution it can improve communication between you.