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  Family law can be a difficult subject to get your head around, especially when young children are involved, we’ve gathered some questions that our mediation clients often ask. 

If you have a question and can’t find an answer below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What would you like to know?

Why choose mediation?

  Separation or divorce mediation services for families are quicker than the family court process; for this reason, it's usually a far less expensive and laborious process.

Our mediation services aid in making short-term arrangements and are used as a foundation to build from Family court can take, on average, 6 - 18 months to reach final hearing.

As you are the decision makers, you maintain control. Court may be a necessary path if a decision or divorce settlement genuinely can't be reached together; more often than not, however, this is a last-ditch resort and something that neither party wants. 

We understand mediation can seem scary, however when compared to court proceedings, it does tend to be a lot less stressful on the family as a whole and can often improve communication- the best way to pave the way for the future.

What is Mediation?

  Mediation is a quicker, easier, and cheaper alternative to going to family court in order to make arrangements after separation, regarding children, financials, and property among others.

Judges avoiding making decisions regarding families if there are other ways to come to agreements, as they don't know the family. 

They want, where possible, for the parents to decide between them, as this is often the healthiest and easiest way. 

How much does mediation cost?

 Our mediation services vary in cost, from £25 for a Separated Parents Program, to £250 for a full divorce package. 

For a full list of service and hourly rates, click here to go to our costs pages.   

What are the benefits of mediation?

Among other things, it's quicker, cheaper, less stressful, and in your hands the whole time. 

Who pays mediation costs?

  If your income is below a specified amount, you may qualify for free legal aid, meaning that the government will contribute and pay for all, or some, of your mediation sessions. 

The rest of the fee, if applicable, is usually paid equally by both parties. 

What is MIAM?

  A MIAM is an introductory meeting to explain what mediation is and how it might help you.

If you decide to go to court to solve your dispute, they may ask you for a MIAM as proof that you’ve tried mediation first. Book a MIAM here.