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What is Family Law Mediation?

A mediator’s role is to assist opposing sides to discuss, listen and agree a way forward to settle their dispute.  Family Law mediators are highly trained specialists who can help you jointly agree the best possible solutions for your family, including the children. Normally the mediator starts by meeting each party individually. You can explain the issues, any specific worries and your desired outcomes.  Normally this is followed by joint sessions although, on occasions, we may suggest that the parties are in separate rooms. This is called shuttle mediation. Mediation can be a very effective alternative to Court.  In most cases it is less stressful and encourages better communication between the parties. It is often particularly helpful when seeking practical ways to manage the needs of any children. It also costs less than going to Court.  Any consequent parenting or financial agreement can be made legally binding with a consent order or child arrangement order. The Courts encourage mediation so if you decide that you do want to file proceedings, you will need to show that you have considered mediation first. Please contact our Family Law team for more information…

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