Family mediation helps families resolve disputes over custody and access arrangements, financial matters (such as a divorce or separation), property division, alimony, child support and parenting schedules.
The process is voluntary and consensual – it is the parties who determine the outcome, not the judge. Often, participants are able to find solutions more quickly and inexpensively than in court. It is not unusual for a couple who entered the process embroiled in extreme tension to end the session reminiscing about shared, happy family memories.
In mediation, you and the other party sit together with a mediator who is specially trained to assist you in finding an agreement that suits everyone. Discussions are private and confidential. This means that whatever is discussed cannot be used against either party in any legal proceedings.
While discussions may be emotional, it is important that you try to keep focused on a possible solution that benefits all members of the family. It is also essential that you have an open mind to possible suggestions and compromises.
We have a wide range of highly experienced mediators who specialise in family cases. It is likely that you will need to attend a series of joint and separate sessions. The mediator will ask you to bring any relevant information or documentation. If you have children, the mediator might suggest meetings with them to get a better understanding of their needs. The sessions are usually conducted at a time and location that is convenient for you and the other party. https://stoke.lakesmediation.co.uk/