Thank-you for visiting our website and we hope that you remain safe and well now that lockdown has eased a little. We are still continuing to work remotely using video technology but can also offer face to face meetings at the Quaker Meeting House if you prefer. Please be in touch as normal by email or on the 'phone and we can talk through whether you feel that faced to face or online mediation could be suitable for you at this time
When you and your spouse or partner end up in the difficult position of divorcing or separating, no matter how hard you try, or how amicable you are, you are likely to encounter issues that you cannot resolve on your own. If this happens you don’t need to end up in a costly court battle to negotiate a financial settlement or work out child arrangements, mediation may well be a better and more affordable alternative. You are still encouraged to use a solicitor to write any legally binding documents, but mediation is the most cost-effective and dignified alternative to what can be an extremely stressful not to mention expensive contested divorce proceeding in court.
Often the consequences of divorce or separation can mean that grandparents are side-lined and find that they no longer are able to see their grandchildren. Inter-generational issues can cause conflict over inheritance, new relationships or independent living arrangements.
Mediation offers an opportunity to work through the emotion, communication and each other's perceptions, so it is possible to achieve a fair and jointly negotiated settlement. You will find solutions that are fair to meet the needs of all members of the family.
Courts are now obliged* to send separating or divorcing couples to mediate first so that they can try to reach financial and contact solutions which are in the best interests of the whole family, rather than the court imposing these important decisions on them. By mediating, you will resolve any disputes about money or who sees the children more quickly, less expensively and more efficiently. As importantly, mediation is less formal, less intimidating and less stressful than court.
Legal Aid is now available for clients who meet certain criteria, in order to determine this please visit www.civil-eligibility-calculator.justice.gov.uk
or we can assess this for you in your Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
* except in cases where there are safeguarding issues