At what stage can I use mediation?

Do I still need a solicitor if I use mediation?

Do I still need a solicitor if I use mediation?

Is a solicitor essential to the mediation process? Whilst receiving the assistance of solicitors in the mediation process is not essential, it is nevertheless advisable in certain situations. A seasoned mediator is experienced in handling legal matters, however they have a responsibility to remain objective throughout the mediation process. For this reason, a mediator will not provide the client with advice that pertains to their legal standing, legal rights or the most appropriate legal recourse…

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Family mediation – real life stories

Family mediation – real life stories

When a relationship between a couple with children breaks down, sometimes it’s the children’s happiness that suffers the most. Find out how National Family Mediation (NFM) services have helped Kelly’s parents settle their differences, allowing them both to play a full part in Kelly’s life. Can’t see the video? To play this video you need Adobe Flash Player version 9 or higher on your computer and have JavaScript enabled on your browser. Our Help with…

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Family Mediation: Further help

Family Mediation: Further help

Find a high quality local legal adviser or solicitor, link to other online information and see if you qualify for legal aid using our calculator. phone: 0845 60 26 627 website: www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk phone: 0117 904 7223 website: www.ukcfm.co.uk phone: 0808 200 0033 website: www.fmassoc.co.uk phone: 0870 606 2555 website: www.lawsociety.org.uk phone: 01392 271610 website: www.nfm.org.uk phone: 01689 820272 website: www.resolution.org.uk For help and advice if your partner is violent towards you or your children phone:…

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Family Mediation: Introduction

Family Mediation: Introduction

Except in circumstances where there are urgent issues regarding safety – such as domestic violence or child abuse situations – courts should always be the last resort for individuals involved in family disputes. Under the Children and Families Bill, there is currently a legal expectation that the parties to a family dispute consider undergoing mediation before going to court. Mediation can be particularly effective when there will be an ongoing relationship after a dispute has…

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How do I find a mediator?

How do I find a mediator?

Mediation is fast becoming the default way to solve all manner of disputes, from commercial problems through to family matters. In fact, the Government has recently made attempting mediation a key feature of family law disputes, before couples take their case to a court. Mediation allows individuals to volunteer to participate in a structured programme allowing both parties to a dispute to air their side of a grievance in front of a trained, independent mediator….

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How long does mediation take?

How long does mediation take?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that is becoming increasingly popular with parties in dispute as well as with governments keen for people to try alternatives to the courts. Mediation offers several benefits over traditional litigation in the settlement of a range of disputes including civil litigation, family disputes and employment matters. Those who use mediation often believe it saves time, is less costly and has the advantage of causing significantly less…

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How much does mediation cost?

How much does mediation cost?

Mediation is one of the fastest growing forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Alternative Dispute Resolution is an umbrella term that describes a range of new techniques designed to provide an alternative to traditional court settings for the resolution of disputes. Mediation is widely available, and is used for a range of problems including family law disputes, civil law claims and employment and commercial matters. The popularity of mediation has grown as individuals and companies…

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Information About – Mediation – Small Claim Mediation Service Survey

Information About – Mediation – Small Claim Mediation Service Survey

Small Claims Mediation Service The Small Claims Mediation Service is a FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL service for court users who are already involved in current defended small claims cases. Since the launch of the Small Claims Mediation Service, trained mediators employed by HMCS have helped thousands of parties settle their disputes. Using the Small Claims Mediation Service If parties agree to use the Small Claims Mediation Service, the mediator makes contact with both parties, arranging an…

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Information About – Mediation – The National Mediation Helpline (NMH)

Information About – Mediation – The National Mediation Helpline (NMH)

The National Mediation Helpline (NMH) National Mediation Helpline What is the National Mediation Helpline? In conjunction with the Civil Mediation Council HMCS set up The National Mediation Helpline, which provides civil court users in England and Wales with information and advice on mediation. If requested, the Helpline can put callers in contact with an accredited mediation provider who can provide low cost mediations. The Helpline can be accessed by phoning 0845 603 0809 (local rate)…

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Is mediation confidential?

Is mediation confidential?

What you say in mediation is normally confidential, and the mediator will pass on information to someone else only if both of you agree. However, there are two situations where they might not keep to this: If the mediator believes that someone (a child, for example) has been seriously hurt, or is at risk of being hurt, then the mediator should make sure that the police or social services are told. If the mediator believes…

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Is mediation the same thing as counselling?

Is mediation the same thing as counselling?

9. Is mediation the same as counselling? No – counselling is about you and your relationship. It can help you to understand and deal with your feelings and emotions. Sometimes counselling is intended to help couples stay together. Mediation is about the practical and legal arrangements you and your partner make about your children or your property. It is a way of making decisions and settling any disputes after you have decided to separate. The…

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Video: what happens at mediation?

What can I use mediation for?

What can I use mediation for?

You can use mediation to help make decisions about any or all of the issues between you, including: arrangements for your children; financial arrangements; what will happen to the family home; other practical issues to do with your separation or divorce; and how you and your ex-partner will communicate with each other in future.

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What happens at the end of mediation?

What happens at the end of mediation?

At the conclusion of a mediation session, the mediator drafts an agreement that captures the core ingredients of what the parties agreed. Alternatively, this can be done by the parties’ lawyers. Upon their satisfaction that the drafted document accurately reflects the agreement, both parties will sign it and the dispute officially comes to a close. This agreement is also known as a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’, which is not legally binding. The parties will be advised…

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What happens in mediation?

What happens in mediation?

Mediation takes place in a private and informal setting, with usually only the two of you and the mediator (or sometimes two mediators). Before mediation starts, the mediator will normally hold an assessment meeting, which you and your partner can attend either separately or together. Either way, you will be able to speak to the mediator on your own. At this assessment meeting, the mediator will see if your case is suitable for mediation. They…

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What if my partner is violent or threatening?

What if my partner is violent or threatening?

Mediators must make sure that you and your partner feel safe. So the mediator will check with each of you separately before and during mediation to see whether there is a problem of violence or abuse. If you are worried about your safety or your children’s safety, you should tell the mediator. The mediator will probably say that you should see a solicitor (if you have not already done so). If you need a court…

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What is mediation?

What is mediation?

If you find a direct personal approach doesn’t work (or you don’t think it will), the next step is to try mediation. Mediation is a way of sorting out disagreements, where a mediator helps the people in dispute to find their own solution to their problem. Mediation takes a common-sense approach to helping people solve their problems by: giving the people a chance to step back and think about how they could put the situation…

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What is mediation?

What is mediation?

If you are getting divorced or separating from your partner, it is usually better if both of you can sort out the arrangements for the future between you. Mediation can help you reach decisions about these arrangements together. An arrangement that you and your partner have agreed between you is more likely to work in the long term than one that a court imposes on you. Mediation aims to help you find a solution that…

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Who can use mediation?

Who can use mediation?

Anyone can use mediation – it does not matter whether or not you are married or have children. You can use mediation to help you decide whether your relationship is over, but it is not marriage guidance, and the mediator’s role is not to help you and your partner stay together. If you and your partner decide that you would like to try to stay together, then you may want to seek counselling (see ‘Is…

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