Not sure how to resolve a family matter?

When a marriage breaks down, couples usually approach a solicitor as a first step in seeking a divorce.


The solicitor, however, would advise the couple to resolve their matters through mediation first.


This is because the courts now require proof that couples have tried to sort out their matters using mediation before seeing a solicitor. 

The benefits of

having a mediator?

An external Mediator makes sure that the child’s voice gets heard and is not drowned out by the teacher’s, by ensuring that they are both treated with equal importance.


This makes both teacher and student feel like they have been heard and their concerns addressed, therefore, more likely to stick to any agreement made to resolve their matter. 

“I am so glad that I was sent over to see you, just speaking to you makes me feel like everything is going to be alright.”

Family Mediation Case Study


Mr and Mrs Burgess have three children aged 3, 6 and 11 years. Due to their marital relationship breaking down they decided to approach their solicitors to seek a divorce.


Their solicitors explained that the courts are encouraging parties to resolve their matters through mediation rather than through the courts and now require proof they have tried mediation. 

The couple agreed to attend mediation sessions to discuss how their property could be divided between them, the most appropriate financial arrangements to be made and the most suitable contact arrangements for them.


After five mediation sessions the couple signed an agreement and applied to the court to make it a Consent Order. During the mediation process, they spoke to their solicitors to seek legal advice.

Joanne Phillips Mediation can also assist unmarried couples and help families get back together where parents and children no longer speak because of an old argument.

*All names used in these scenarios are fictional characters as the real names of clients are protected by our policy of confidentiality.

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