We offer much more than family mediation, but it remains our core activity. Here you can find out how it works and start to decide whether it's right for you.
First you will come to an Assessment meeting with a mediator, to find out more and to decide if mediation is the right process for you. This is usually something you do on your own, at a separate assessment meeting, but some people do come together to a joint assessment meeting. At your assessment meeting our mediators will also calculate whether you are eligible for legal aid, public funding. If you do qualify for legal aid and can provide up to date evidence of your income mediation will be completely free of charge.
If you decide to go ahead with mediation, a suitable appointment time will be made for you both to attend with a mediator for your first session. Each session usually lasts around 90 minutes and on average the process takes between 3 and 5 sessions depending on the issues.
At the first session your mediator will help you to set an agenda for what you both want to achieve and start to explore the options.
Usually we will be sitting round a table together, but there is the option for separate rooms if you would find this more comfortable and this is what we call shuttled mediation.
Sometimes mediators work on their own, sometimes in pairs which is called a co-mediation.
If you do not get public funding to cover the cost of mediation we ask that you pay at the end of each session, this way you will not be presented with a large invoice and can keep complete control of how much the process is costing you.
At the end of (and sometimes during) the process, you and your solicitors are sent details of the proposals you have made together so they can then be easily and quickly turned into documents required to make your proposals legally binding.
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“I found it a better approach rather than my ex-partner receiving Solicitor’s correspondence which they might misinterpret and become difficult. It is also beneficial cost-wise as it is more encouraging to help couples sort things out without added pressures.”