We help couples to mediate financial matters in respect of separation or divorce and the arrangements for their children. The aim is to help them achieve resolution as quickly, fairly and cost-effectively as possible. We help parties achieve better understanding and communication and work with them to build new lives. This is achieved by explaining the information and documentation that will be required and then helping them to focus on reaching an agreement.
What is mediation?
Mediation is not about reconciliation. Rather, it provides a way of working out needs and interests and moving couples away from the negative judgments and positions that can impede agreement. Goodwill, commitment and compromise are important in this. Couples are assisted in exploring options open to them and provided with tools to reality test those options. This helps to reduce conflict and increases the ability of the couple to gain perspective. I provide information in a neutral and impartial fashion to both parties and do not give advice. I encourage couples to seek legal advice from their own solicitor. I am more than happy to work with clients who wish to involve their solicitors. I also provide a forum for input from pension and financial advisors and therapists should this be helpful. I work with you to identify your needs rather than follow a rigid formula. This ensures that you receive best value from my time and remain in the driving seat.
Benefits of mediation
The process proceeds at a pace that both parties are comfortable with that best meets their circumstances. The communication process is fast and clear. Understanding between the parties improves and lays a foundation for a happier future. The process is also usually considerably cheaper than court proceedings. Parties have the personal satisfaction of reaching an agreement of their own that reflects their values and needs. As a result it is likely to work better. Better co-parenting is facilitated and a better role model is given to children. Couples are also given a space to express and resolve their anxieties in a safe and confidential forum.
Most people would agree that to go to court in respect of family difficulties should be the last resort. Whilst sometimes unavoidable, litigation is slow, stressful and costly, depleting the resources available to the family to move on. Conflict causes children harm and so the goal for mediation is for children to experience two happy homes with parents who demonstrate respect to each other and are able to work together in the best interests of the children.
If you come to this together the cost will be £150.00 plus VAT which would be shared equally i.e. £75.00 plus VAT per person. If you come separately the cost is £100.00 plus VAT per person.
In this meeting you will be provided with information in relation to the mediation process and will be able to raise initial questions and indicate concerns. It won’t, however, be appropriate to become involved in detailed discussion about your circumstances in that meeting because all such discussions should take place with you both present.
Subsequent mediation sessions
If you decide to proceed with the mediation then you will be charged £137.50 plus VAT per person per hour. This is also the rate that you will be charged for the documentation to be drawn up in respect of the finances (if appropriate) in relation to any agreement reached though you would both be advised to take independent legal advice again at that stage as it might well be appropriate for the agreement to be embodied in a Court Order.
Please note that we do not offer legal aid for mediation.
If the above is of any interest to you then click on my profile for details of my experience in family law. If you wish to do so then please complete our Mediation Referral Form and return this to me by email or telephone me to proceed further.