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90 seconds with Caroline Mills on... Family Mediation


What is family mediation? Family mediation is a confidential form of dispute resolution for separating couples. A mediator is a neutral third party who is trained to help a couple resolve issues surrounding their separation, such as finances and the children. A mediator should help you to clarify what areas you agree


on, and what issues need to be addressed. Mediators can give legal information, but will not give advice to either party, as they are impartial and will not “take sides”.


Is it like counselling? No, the mediator is not trying to help you get back together, but to deal with the issues that you need to sort out following your separation. By communicating with each other directly, mediation can help you both to move on from the relationship with dignity and look ahead to the future, rather than dwelling too heavily on the past.


What are the benefits? Mediation can be less stressful, less time-consuming and less costly than the Court process. It gives the couple the power to address their issues between themselves, and make their own proposals for dealing with matters in a controlled and managed environment. You can cover all aspects of separation in mediation, such as finances, children and the divorce, rather than potentially having separate Court proceedings for each issue.


Mediation is child-focused and the welfare of the children is put at the fore-front of any discussions.


How do I know if it’s right for us? Speak to a mediator. The process is not right for everyone, but a mediator will be able to assess, after speaking to you both, whether they think that it is the correct forum for you to deal with your disputes.


Where can I find further information? There is a plenty of information on the resolution website http://www.resolution.org.uk/ and on the http://www.justice.gov.uk/ courts/mediation section of the government website.


I am an experienced family solicitor, collaborative lawyer and mediator. I would be happy to discuss the options available with you, and your partner, to help decide which process might be most suitable in your family’s particular circumstances.


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Please note the contents contained in this article are for general guidance only. Legal advice should be sought before taking action in relation to specific matters.


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