- What is mediation?
Going through a divorce or separation is difficult, but mediation can make the process easier and less confrontational, 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 and prioritising any children you may have.
This gives you more control over the outcome and is much cheaper and quicker than going to court.
- How mediation works
Family mediation usually takes place with, you, your partner and one of our trained mediators to help you decide what is best for you and your family. Mediation can offer longer-lasting considered solutions for you and your family. Mediation is frequently more emotionally sensitive as it involves both parents exploring solutions for themselves and their family, 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.
- Public funding of mediation
We are one of few law firms who offer publicly-funded mediation law services for couples who divorce (formerly legal aid). You may be eligible for public funding, please see the Civil Justice Eligibility Calculator for more guidance.