Divorcing or separating from a partner?

Mediation helps you to reach agreed solutions for you and your family, rather than imposed Court decisions. Instead of negotiating with your partner at arm’s length through your own separate solicitors, or battling it out through the courts, you and your partner work together with the help of a trained family mediator to resolve the issues yourselves.

Why mediate?

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 Mediator will help you both seek to 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.


Your first intake or Mediation information and assessment meeting with us is free. (There would be a charge should you require a certificate to commence court proceedings).

We will explain the process, understand your situation and assess whether the mediation process can help you. Please contact Carol Cunningham on 01245 264764, or complete the form to book an appointment.

Our safe, private offices in central Chelmsford have separate waiting rooms and mediation suites. We are a two minute walk from Chelmsford Rail Station and offer free car parking.

Attending a ‘MIAM’ meeting

A court demand you to have attended a ‘Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting’ (MIAM) if you’re divorcing or ending a civil partnership and applying for a court order about finances, property, or arrangements for the children. If you haven’t been to those meetings, a court will ask you to do so before it proceeds with your case. At Leonard Gray this meeting is completely free. If you decide not to proceed with mediation, then you will require the appropriate certification before you commence court proceedings. This certificate costs £60 plus VAT.


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.