Family Mediation is for anyone experiencing conflict within a family environment which needs to be resolved. It offers an alternative way to reach decisions about the future of your family rather than needing to go to court which can be costly, time-consuming and acrimonious.
The most common issues for mediation are concerning separation, divorce, financial matters, parenting and children.
Our mediators know communicating through family disputes is tough. So they are skilled at helping you work through issues you need to consider. These include emotional, practical, legal, financial and technical things. Remember, family mediation is voluntary and the only requirement for success is that both parties want to mediate.
Participating in mediation benefits;
- Husbands and wives going through separation or divorce
- Couples that have been cohabiting and are separating
- Parents and step-parents experiencing continuing issues with their ex-partner about their child or children
- Parents of children who have never lived together but need to resolve issues concerning their child or children
- Gay couples who have cohabited but who do not have a Civil Partnership
- Civil partners who are separating
- Extended members of the family who have issues that need resolving such as grandparents.
1. It’s quicker
For example, if you have an issue concerning financial or property matters, this may take a year or 18 months to progress through the Courts. Mediation on average will take one or two months.
2. It’s much, much cheaper
Typical legal fees for a contested matter involving finances and property can be in the region of £15,000 to £25,000 per party (so potentially £30,000 to £50,000 of the family “pot”). Mediation fees will work out less than £1,000 per party.
3. It’s more dignified
Our experienced Mediators will help you reach an agreement in respect if whatever the issues are between you. This agreement can then be easily and cheaply turned into a court order without the attendance of anyone at court.
How does the process work?
Each party involved has an initial separate meeting with a mediator to prepare then for the mediation itself. You or they will be guided through what will happen during the mediation process and discuss your personal goals with the mediator.
The mediator will then sit with you both to agree on a resolution and help you to make decisions about your family’s future. Mediation means that you are in control of the outcome rather than having a decision imposed on you by the court which neither of you may want.
Leonard Gray’s Family Mediation Brochure
Download our brochure for a succinct explanation of our service. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to have an informal discussion with Carol on 01245 264764.
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