What is family mediation?


Family mediation in Bucks, Berks, Herts & Middlesex


With January 2022 seeing Family Mediation Week, organised by the Family Mediation Council to raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for couples and their families, we take a look at some of the advantages.

Family mediation can make the difficult process of divorce or separation less contentious and easier to navigate. At Breakthrough Family Law Solicitors, our team includes experienced and accredited mediators who work with couples to resolve difficult issues without the need for litigation.


How does family mediation work?


When a couple are unable to agree on matters such as finances, arrangements for children and what will happen to property on divorce, a family mediator can work with them to try and find a solution.

The parties will share information relating to the current situation, such as full disclosure of their finances, then meet with the neutral mediator who will help them reach an agreement together over how matters will be dealt with.


What are the benefits of family mediation or divorce mediation?


Mediation is generally much quicker than the litigation process, particularly if the courts have a backlog of cases waiting to be heard, which can frequently happen. It is also a far more cost-effective option. It is more flexible and mediation meetings can be arranged at a time to suit both parties. If you choose to go to court, you will be given a set hearing date to attend and there is a risk it could be postponed at the last minute, leaving you with the expense of instructing lawyers again in the future.

Unlike court, where an order is imposed on those involved, with mediation the outcome is agreed upon by both parties, so you can be sure that you will not have a result that you do not want. You remain in control of the situation and the outcome. Mediation can be used for just one or two issues if you are able to agree on most of the matters to be decided.

Mediation will often help prevent the parties’ relationship from deteriorating and encourage them to work together and communicate effectively. This constructive and non-confrontational approach is particularly important in cases involving children.


Is family mediation legally binding?


While mediation is not in itself legally binding, the agreement that is reached can be put into a consent order and sealed by the court. Once this has been done, the order is legally binding and enforceable.


Is mediation compulsory in divorce?


The courts prefer that parties resolve matters between themselves wherever possible, using mediation if they cannot reach an agreement. Except in matters involving domestic violence, it is compulsory for a couple to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) where the mediation process will be explained to them.

You can choose not to go ahead with mediation if you wish, in which case a MIAM certificate will be issued by the mediator confirming that you have considered the mediation process as required. You are then free to take your case to the court for a ruling.


Contact our family law solicitors about family mediation


At Breakthrough Family Law Solicitors, we are specialist divorce lawyers with a high level of experience in divorce and family mediation.

If you are going through a divorce or separation and you would like to speak to an expert family mediator, call our principal, Akash Soni, on 01494 776 696 or Make An Online Enquiry.

We inspire trust and confidence in our clients by offering high-quality advice in a clear, straightforward and compassionate manner and working tirelessly to achieve the right result.

By Akash Soni

What is Family Mediation, Mediation Solicitors Berkhamsted, Amersham & Beaconsfield

What is Family Mediation?

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Family Dispute Resolution/Mediation

This is an alternative way for couples/families to find creative solutions and outcomes where there is relationship breakdown and difficulty communicating. We are highly skilled and trained to help you through the emotional rollercoaster experienced on relationship breakdown and guide you towards the outcomes you want.

You are always in control and we manage your conflict and support both of you through the whole process.

We don’t take sides We don’t make judgements we remain impartial we are respectful and understanding of a process which can be emotionally painful and difficult.

Other issues our family mediators deal with?

Children Matters – Where they will live, Who they will see, Choice of schools, Who takes decisions about them, Religious upbringing, Holidays, Financial maintenance, Children’s property rights.

Starting relationships – Negotiating pre nups, Living together arrangements, Mediating sharing living space with an elderly parent or other dependant

Re starting relationships – Negotiating pre nups, Negotiating Post nups, Living together arrangements, Reconciliation, Mediating retiring arrangements

Ending Relationships – Divorce, Separation, Dissolution of Civil Partnership, Children leaving home, Reconciliation

Money and Property – Financial maintenance on divorce, Separation or relationship breakdown, Property, Pensions, Assets and debts on divorce, Separation or relationship breakdown, Disputes about wills or inheritance following a family death, Disputes about family businesses

Civil and Commercial Disputes – Any types of Civil and Commercial disputes can be mediated saving all involved a considerable amount of time, money and stress.

Our specialist family law solicitors serve our clients across Bucks, Berks, Herts and Middlesex.

Some clients work with us remotely, others we can visit at home or they can visit our offices in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Chesham, Chorleywood, Gerrard’s Cross, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth or The Chalfonts.

Wherever you are, let Breakthrough Family Law provide you with the specialist advice that you need.

Make An Enquiry Today

To ensure you receive the best family law advice available, please call us now on 01494 776 696 or Make An Online Enquiry and we will get back to you right away.

We inspire trust and confidence in our clients by offering high- quality advice in a clear, straightforward and compassionate manner.

“Our intention was to agree an amicable settlement out of court. Catherine mediated very well and I must say, was very professional throughout.”

R Jones

Call now to discuss your circumstances 01494 776 696

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