Not sure how to resolve a family matter?
Helping separating couples with sorting out finances and making child contact arrangements. Also when a relationship breaks down, couples usually approach a solicitor as a first step in making financial and child contact arrangements
The Solicitors, however, are legally required to advise couples 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?
The break up of a family can be daunting and stressful for the parents and even more so for the children. Mediation can take the trauma out of the process for the children by giving them a voice. This way you will have peace of mind knowing that the choices you make are also in your children’s best interests.
Mediation provides a safe, unbiased space to explore the options and make the best decisions for your lives when you’re living apart. Mediation is about helping you find the best solutions.’
“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 their children.
After ‘three’ and ‘an agreement’ with ‘a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)’. Delete the rest of that sentence. Between ‘solicitors’ and ‘seek’, insert ‘when they needed to’ 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 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.