Mediation is a form of dispute resolution and can help you to find solutions to general issues faced by separating couples or families in dispute.
To find out more and to arrange an initial meeting please complete The Individual Enquiry Form here.
Or if you are a Solicitor please complete The Solicitor Enquiry Form here.
Mediation can also be useful in dealing with specific issues such as arrangements for the care of children or specific short or long-term financial issues.
Mediation works because it helps you make informed decisions that are right for your circumstances, your future and the future of your family. It provides somewhere to talk calmly and privately, and can be a cost-effective solution. The process helps children by helping their parents to work together to plan for their future.
As well as being lawyers, Sarah Horseman and Helen Kirkham are trained to help resolve disputes involving all family or relationship related issues. They are accredited by The Law Society and hold the Mediation Quality Mark for mediation practise.
Sarah and Helen are both qualified to include children in the mediation process, where such inclusion is appropriate. This is called “Child-Inclusive Mediation” (CIM). Child-Inclusive Mediation is an opportunity to gather information concerning the wishes and feelings of any children of the family. This information-gathering exercise can really help parents with their decision making during the mediation process. Whilst children are not burdened with the pressure of making any decisions on behalf of the family, Child-Inclusive Mediation can provide children with a voice, and allow them to express any worries, concerns or views of their own, so that parents can take such feelings into consideration. For further information about the benefits of Child Inclusive Mediation please click here.
If you are a child of separating parents, and would like some further information for yourself, please click here.
If you would like to speak about this with us in person, Sarah Horseman – who heads this department – will happily answer any queries regarding family mediation.
You will each be invited to an initial assessment meeting (known as a MIAM – please click here for information) where you can meet independently with us, to discuss the mediation process and identify those issues that you struggle to agree on. If the mediator, and you, all agree that the issues are appropriate for mediation you will then both be invited to attend a course of mediation sessions.
Once you have proposals you both find acceptable, the mediator will prepare a summary of them together with a summary of the financial information, which will be sent to each of you to discuss with your lawyers if lawyers are instructed. After you have both received legal advice and if you are both still happy with the proposals, the lawyers will convert the summary into a legally binding document and oversee any necessary implementation.
Mediation is a voluntary process and neither of you will be compelled to participate, but hopefully by participating in mediation you will be able to work together to reach agreements that work well for you and your family.
Legal Aid Mediation – Foort Tayler may be able to offer legal aid for mediation through their franchise with the Legal Aid Agency. For information about qualifying for Legal Aid for Mediation please click here.
You can also go online to check your eligibility, at www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid.
You can view our Mediation Terms of Business here.
The Mediation Team
“Helen, I really appreciate all your advice, support and hard work. I really don’t know how I would have managed without you and Alex. Your professionalism and efficiency is second to none and I will always recommend you to anyone I come across.”
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