The benefits of Mediated Family Solutions
Mediation is private.
Relationships are personal and so are the circumstances and fallout when they breakdown.
Mediation is confidential.
All discussions in mediation (with a very few legally required exceptions) are confidential and cannot be referred to in court unless the parties make a proposal for the courts agreement.
Mediation is impartial.
The mediator does not represent either separating party and will not discuss matters outside the mediation. The mediation supports the process of separation and the discussions over assets and how the care of the children is fulfilled.
Mediation is non judgemental.
Mediators do not make judgements about what has happened in the past. As both parties have agreed to mediate their separation, the focus is on how to resolve the issues between them and move forward, looking to the future.
Mediation is cost effective.
Family mediation usually takes the form of a meeting between the separating couple and the mediator in the same room. Mediators help separating couples come up with, and agree, proposals that work in practice. Mediators are trained to assist the couple look at all the issues between them and make sure that nothing is left out. The separating couple know their children and what they are used to doing and can be supported to make the decisions that are best for everyone.
Mediation is empowering.
Mediation allows both separating parties to take control and resolve the issues themselves. It is a good position to start from, but more importantly it is good to finish the process knowing that control of the process and the proposals were maintained. It also gives the separated parties a ‘set or rules’ or ‘a way of behaving’ that allows them to come together and talk about issues that arise. This is a very important benefit of mediation as separated couples, particularly those with children, have a shared history and there may be occasions when the ex-partners have to meet.
Mediation is fair to both parties.
The mediator has the ability to assist both parties to put their solutions across in the efforts to decide how family assets will be divided and how children spend their time. Mediators are trained and skilled to advise parties to get independent advice if they feel the decisions made are not in any one party’s best interests.
How much will Mediated Family Solutions cost?
Family mediation starts with individual, separate and private sessions with each client at a cost of £60 inc VAT per person per hour.
Additional £30 inc VAT for MIAM certificate if required.
Joint family mediation is sessional and the fee is £60 (inc VAT) per person per hour.
Each session is usually booked for two hours.
Preparation of Summaries
From £60 inc VAT per party for preparing each document as required (Memorandum of Understanding, Financial Disclosure Summary and / or Parenting Plan).