FAQ

Is mediation for me?

 Yes, if you want to resolve your family dispute in a proactive, efficient and dignified way, which minimises the trauma involved for you and your family.

We are really angry with each other and barely speak without rowing. Can it work for us?

Yes it can ! It is quite usual for couples who are separating to find it difficult to communicate effectively with each other.  Mediation provides a safe,  calm environment where you can both explore the issues that are concerning you. Having mediators present who are independent and totally impartical brings a more objective approach .  The mediators will manage the sessions and if things get heated, take control.

I am interested in Mediation however my wife / husband is not sure- what can I do ?

You can suggest they have a look at our website www.familymediation.net or suggest they contact us with their contact details and we can have a chat with them about the mediation processand  to answer any questions they might have  regarding how mediation works.

What types of disputes can be resolved?

 All family disputes including separation, custody, access, maintenance, inheritance disputes, family property disputes  and disputes involving the elderly.

 What about legal advice

 We encourage parties to obtain independent legal advice throughout the process.

How long will it take?

It depends on how complex the case is. On average family mediation’s take between four to five sessions to complete over a number of days. Each session lasts about one and a half hours.

Will I still need to see a solicitor if we reach agreement during the mediation?

It depends on what you are intending to do with the agreements you have made.  If you wish to have them used as the basis for a  court ruled agreement such as a legal separation or divorce then you will need to take the written agreement to your legal advisors for them to prepare the necessary documents for court.

Can anything that is said in the mediation be used in court proceedings?

No, everything that is  offered and discussed whether agreed or not in the mediation will be confidential and cannot be disclosed in legal proceedings. Confidentiality is an essential cornerstone of mediation and the parties, and the mediators, will be obliged to sign up to this in the Agreement to Mediate. The only exception to that rule is the financial documents that you have shared with each other and the court can request sight of these from you.

Why do you use two mediators?

International research, and our own experience, has shown us that two mediators, one male and one female
are better able to deal with all the issues that arise in family mediation cases, and to guarantee the neutral and impartial role of the mediator.

 I am interested in  arranging Mediation, what do I do next?

Send us an email or complete the enquiry form or send us an e mail to info [a] familymediation.net
make an appointment.

How do you charge?

Each party is charged an hourly rate for attendance at mediation. The only separate cost is a one off fee for providing all drafts and final agreement documentation.