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February 19, 2013

Mediation

Mediation

What is mediation?

If you are considering divorce or separation, we recognise the uncertainty and anxiety that you may be facing and we can help you decide the best way to move forward. Our team of experienced divorce lawyers is widely regarded for its Alternative Dispute Resolution work and we specialise in family mediation.

Mediation is a process by which parties discuss disputes with an impartial trained mediator to help reach a settlement, whether in relation to children, financial matters or indeed all issues arising on family breakdown. Mediation can be especially helpful in reducing conflict and finding amicable solutions, benefiting you and your family.

Our family mediators are experts at handling all aspects of relationship breakdowns, taking a family-focused approach that encourages you and your partner to find the best solution for you both. We are also able to offer child inclusive mediation.

Mediation gives you more control throughout the process and can be more cost and time efficient than going to court.

How mediation works

Family mediation usually takes place with, you, your partner and one of our trained mediators, either in person or via video link. The aim of the process is to help you achieve longer-lasting considered solutions that enable you and your family to move forward with minimal stress or conflict.

Mediation can be more emotionally sensitive as it involves both parents exploring solutions facilitated by one of our mediators through direct communication rather than legal correspondence and negotiation. Although your solicitor will not be present, you can, however, take legal advice at any time, to help you reach or record a joint decision.

Our mediators are all family law solicitors but remain neutral throughout the discussion, with the key objective being a resolution for you both and for the family as a whole.

Resolving issues together

Our family mediators can help you with:

  • arrangements for your children

  • putting your children first

  • financial settlements

  • dividing property, pensions and income

  • ongoing communication with your partner

We will help you identify what is important in difficult circumstances. With judges now frequently recommending mediation as an alternative to court, and government funding of divorce cases finished, it is a constructive, cost-saving and effective way forward.