‘Mediation’ refers to a process for resolving a variety of conflicts other than through the solicitors or the courts. Mediation aims to help couples find a solution that meets the needs of the whole family and feels fair to each of them. It can help reduce tension, hostility and misunderstandings and so improve communication. This is particularly important if there are children, as parents may need to co-operate over their children’s care and upbringing for some years to come.
Mediation is a chance for you to discuss with each other your particular issues and options for the future. These meetings are managed and assisted by properly trained professionals to ensure that you are able to communicate in a safe and neutral environment. The mediator will provide a structure for these discussions that allows you to reach personalised solutions that are right for your particular needs. Mediation is independent and completely impartial; mediators assist those in conflict to reach solutions which they collectively find fair and workable.
How Does it Work?
Mediation works by way of a series of confidential meetings with both participants where the Mediator provides support and assistance for your discussions. Ever mindful that no two families are the same, and that each couple will have their own specific difficulties to resolve, the mediator will provide a structure for these discussions that allows you to reach personalised solutions that are right for your particular needs. You have control over both the timescale and the outcome of the meetings, encouraging positive communication between you. We can also involve other experts in meetings, such as financial neutrals.
How We Can Help
Our Team approach provides balanced and effective assistance that will help you build bridges to a new family structure with dignity. Our Team of mediators are neutral and impartial and will help you to discuss your issues in a safe, confidential and voluntary way. We bring together a wide range of legal and psychological skills combined with over 40 years of collective experience helping families during relationship breakdowns. We are committed to helping you find fair, workable and lasting solutions to matters arising from your separation. For further information on Family Mediation and to find out how we can help you, please contact our Family Law Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Zen Thompson, Senior Associate Solicitor and Mediator in our Family Team.