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FAQs 

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What are the benefits of mediation?

The benefits of mediation are recognised by government, the courts, many solicitors and in particular the separating or divorcing couples and parents who use mediation services. It is a requirement that all court applicants should have attended a mediation information and assessment session with a mediator.

The principal benefits of mediation are that it is:

  • time-saving in comparison with other ways of resolving disputes
  • less costly than alternatives
  • less stressful than going to court
  • a way of enabling the parties to keep in control of the situation
  • flexible
  • non adversarial - mediation isn't about letting relationships deteriorate further
  • in the best interests of the family
  • focused on achieving a fair outcome

What happens in mediation?

The mediator will meet you either separately or together at an assessment meeting (called a MIAM), prior to mediation taking place. The assessment meeting gives you an opportunity to find out more about mediation and also for the mediator to look at your case.

Once you are both happy to go ahead with mediation you will have regular meetings with the mediator until proposals are reached. This usually takes about three to five meetings of an hour and a half each.

The mediator will then draw up a record of your proposals in an agreed format. If the mediation looks at finance and property the mediator will also draw up a full summary of your financial position. If required, these documents can be taken to your solicitor for use in your divorce.

How long does mediation take?

In comparison with other routes, mediation is a quick process. Most cases can be dealt with in about three to five meetings in total. The frequency and number of meetings depends on the complexity of the issues being discussed and your own timescales. At the assessment meeting the mediator will be able to give you a clearer idea about how many sessions you may need.

Do I need a solicitor? How does family mediation fit into divorce?

Your mediator will encourage you to consult a solicitor if it is felt appropriate. A mediator can give you legal information but not advice. Many couples use both the services of a mediator and a solicitor in going through a divorce. This can be a very cost effective and time-saving route.

Is the agreement reached legally binding?

Mediation agreements are not legally binding but can form the basis of a legally binding agreement given a Consent Order by the court.  

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Buckinghamshire:
 Milton Keynes: Mediation First www.mediationfirst.uk.com

Cheshire: Mediation North West www.mediationnorthwest.co.uk

Cornwall:www.southwestmediation.co.uk

Devon: South-West Mediationwww.southwestmediation.co.uk

Dorset: www.laceysmediation.co.uk



East Sussex: Divorce & Separation Centre www.fml.co.uk


Essex: nearby Harmony Mediation www.harmonymediation.co.uk

Greater Manchester: Mediation North West www.mediationnorthwest.co.uk

Hampshire: Laceys Mediationwww.laceysmediation.co.uk

Hertfordshire: Harmony Mediation www.harmonymediation.co.uk



Lancashire: Mediation North West www.mediationnorthwest.co.uk 

Leicestershire: Sue West Family Mediation www.suewestfamilymediation.co.uk



London: www.relatelondonnw.org.uk/ South: Divorce and Separation Centre www.fml.co.uk Merseyside: Mediation North West www.mediationnorthwest.co.uk Northamptonshire: Mediation First www.mediationfirst.uk.com

Somerset: South-West Mediation www.southwestmediation.co.uk

Surrey: Divorce & Separation Centre www.fml.co.uk



Warwickshire: Mediation First  www.mediationfirst.co.uk




Wiltshire: nearby Laceys Mediation www.laceysmediation.co.uk

WALES: Gwent, Mid-Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan: www.familymattersmediation.co.uk


Further Information

USEFUL CONTACT POINTS FOR MEDIATION CLIENTS

 

Welfare Benefits

DLA/AA Helpline

www.gov.uk

(or see www.entitledto.co.uk)

0845 7123456

Bar Council – Guide for self representing in court

www.barcouncil.org.uk/media/203109/srl_guide_final_for_online_use.pdf

 

Business Debt Line

Free advice on business debts

www.bdl.org.uk

0800 197 6026

 

Child Benefit

www.gov.uk

0300 200 3100

 

Child Support Agency

 

www.csa.gov.ukor gov.uk

 

0845 713 3133

Child Maintenance

www.cmoptions.org(for calculator)

 

 

Children’s advice

(for children whose parents are splitting up)

www.itsnotyourfault.org

(part of the NCH web site)

 

Children’s Legal Centre

www.childrenslegalcentre.com

0845 345 4345

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

citizensadvice.org.uk (find local offices)

 

 

Child Contact Centres

www.naccc.org.uk

 

0845 450 0280

Court forms, eg. Divorce petition

http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/FormFinder.do

 

 

Domestic Violence

(men’s help)

www.mankind.org.uk

www.mensaid.com

 

0870 794 3124

0871 223 9986

Domestic Violence

(women’s help)

www.womensaid.org.uk

www.refuge.org.uk

CH.01245 493114

CO.01206 867120

Families Need Fathers

Info & support for fathers following relationship breakdown

http://www.fnf.org.uk

(find local branches)

National Helpline 0300 0300 363 

Home Start

www.home-start.org.uk

 

0800 068 6368

Job Centre Plus Contact Centre.  Legal Aid Gateway (advice)

(Benefits)

0845 608 8575

0845 345 4345

 

SPAN

Single Parents Action Network.

www.onespace.org.uk

www.twitter.com/OneSpace

on line resources/advice for Single Parents who have debt and/or benefit issues

 

Parentline

www.parentlineplus.org.uk

0808 800 2222

 

Payplan (debt advice)

www.payplan.com

(free debt management)

0800 716 239

Pension Tracing Service

www.thepensionservice.goc.uk

(and State pension forecast)

0845 600 2537

Relate

(Relationship Counselling)

www.relate.org.uk(find local branches)

 

Sorting out Separation (web app)

Advice for parents who are separating

www.cmoptions.org/en/sorting out separation http://www.sortingoutseparation.org.uk/

 

Step Change

www.stepchange.org

 (free debt management)

0800 138 1111

 

Tax Credits

www.hmrc.gov.ukor gov.uk

0345 300 3900

Hours 0800 - 2000

       

 

 

On Line web sites offering low cost services/information

 

www.divorce-online.co.uk

 

www.quickie-divorce.com

 

www.how2divorce.co.uk

 

www.managed-divorce.co.uk

 

www.fasttrack-divorce.co.uk

 

www.wikivorce.com

 

 

(Please note:  None of these listings indicate a recommendation)

 

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