When problems develop in a family it can be necessary to ask for help to sort them out. You may need assistance agreeing a financial settlement or arrangements for children in the run up to a divorce, or separation, or in brokering a deal with an estranged parent or grandparents keen to be involved in your children’s life.
While the family court is always there to step in and impose solutions if needed, it is usually better for everyone if an agreement can be reached without the need for court involvement. Family mediation is one way in which this can be achieved.
Drawing on their continuing experience of helping families in similar situations as a practising family solicitor, a trained family law mediator can assist you in exploring issues to enable you to try and reach solutions. Ideas you may not have thought about might be suggested and common ground identified which enables you to come to an arrangement which works for everyone.
The advantages of using mediation to resolve family disputes are that:
- you retain control over the decisions that are made;
- you develop communication skills that can be beneficial after lawyers and courts would typically go away;
- you can agree to arrangements that a court might not typically allow, such as the ring-fencing of money to pay for private school fees;
- you can have a say in when the mediation takes place and how it is conducted;
- you will still benefit from legal advice to ensure your rights are respected; and
- it is usually quicker and cheaper than going to court.
Most cases are suitable for mediation and you must usually attend a mediation information and assessment meeting before asking a judge to intervene to show that the use of mediation has been considered. This does not apply in some instances, although your mediator or solicitor would advise you if they applied to you.
How much does mediation cost?
At Mooney Everett, we offer a fixed price mediation service so that you know what the costs will be from the very outset.
Who will be the mediator?
We have our own in-house FMCA trained mediator, Angie Brown, who can conduct mediation information and assessment meetings and any consequent mediation meetings that are arranged. Appointments are available at our offices in Ormskirk, Lancashire or at another appropriate venue with prior arrangement.
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