FAMILY MEDIATION WEEK
The 21st-25th January marks family mediation week and aims to raise awareness of the role that mediation can play for divorcing or separating families.
Separation can be a difficult and stressful time for anyone and mediation can assist by helping you to explore the options available and consider ways of reaching an agreement without the need for a lengthy and expensive court battle. The parties will meet with an impartial, specially trained mediator to explain what needs to be settled. Initially this will be done separately but you may all be brought together further down the line. Participants are helped to reach well-informed decisions without any pressure from each other regarding arrangements for children and financial and property matters.
Mediation is voluntary and confidential and aims to encourage parties to speak freely. The mediator will fix an agenda with you and work through the issues so that a fair and workable outcome can be achieved.
There are many advantages to mediation, not least the fact that it is up to four times quicker and five times cheaper than a court case. It also enables you, the family, to be in charge of the outcome, rather than the court. If children are involved, you may require a mediator who is specially trained to meet with young children and young people as well as their parents.
If you are in the process of separating and would like to speak to a highly trained specialist in family law, confidentially, you can contact us on 01270 611106 or fill in the enquiry form on our website. We offer a free 30 minute initial consultation where we can advise you on whether mediation would be a suitable option for you.
For more information on the events that are happening during family mediation week, you can go to www.familymediationweek.org.uk