“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
WHY CHOOSE FAMILY MEDIATION?
Have a look at the video below to understand more about how family mediation can help you.
Family Mediation is a much more affordable, flexible and effective option for families dealing with their children, property and financial arrangements after a separation.
Working with an independent, impartial professional family mediator can help you both to look at all options to decide the best way forward for your family.
YOU REACH YOUR OWN DECISIONS TOGETHER ON EVERYTHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
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The family mediation voucher scheme is a time-limited government scheme, designed to support participants who may be able to resolve their family law disputes outside of court.
To support this, a financial contribution of up to £500 towards the costs of mediation will be provided, if eligible.
The vouchers are available where children are considered as part of the mediation process and can only be applied for once you have both attended a mediation information and assessment meeting.
THERE ARE NO FINANCIAL STIPULATIONS FOR THIS SCHEME.
Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/family-mediation-voucher-scheme. There is no guarantee that funds will be available and will need to be checked when you are ready to proceed after your initial mediation information and assessment meetings.
At present, funds are still available.
WHAT WE CAN DO
- Help you to consider how best to sort out all of the practical issues arising out of your separation so that you are both involved and fully informed
- Help you both to work together to decide what is best for your children so that they are able to have a full relationship with both of you
- Help you to navigate the process and to work out a financial agreement together
WHAT WE CAN’T DO
- Give legal advice – although when together, there is a lot of legal information that can be provided to both of you to enable you to make your own decisions.
- Decide any outcomes for you – a family mediator helps you to reach your own decisions.
- Take sides between you – mediators are completely impartial
THERE ISN’T MUCH THAT WE CAN’T DO TO ASSIST YOU TOGETHER
The first step towards starting family mediation is to undertake a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. This takes place on your own, online, and takes up to an hour. The MIAM process is an opportunity for the mediator to assess whether mediation is suitable and for you to assess whether it is something that you wish to do.
TO START THE PROCESS, CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT MEDIATION INFORMATION AND ASSESSMENT MEETINGS
WE DO NOT OFFER LEGAL AID FOR FAMILY MEDIATION. CLICK HERE IF YOU THINK THIS IS APPLICABLE
WE DO NOT OFFER LEGAL AID.
If you think this is applicable, or you think your ex-partner may qualify for legal aid, please have a look at the Family Mediation Council to source an alternative provider. If you or the other participant potentially qualify for legal aid, then both of you will receive your initial assessment meetings funded by the Legal Aid Agency, as well as your initial joint session.
If you attend a mediation information and assessment meeting with us and the other person is willing to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting and potentially qualifies for legal aid, you will need to attend a further assessment meeting with the legal aid provider.
The Family Mediation Council contains a wealth of information about family mediation.
Legal aid takes into account capital as well as income so you will need to know the value of any property, together with your outstanding mortgage, before you can be assessed for legal aid.
Generally speaking, if you are on certain benefits, i.e. Universal Credit, and your capital limits are below the threshhold, then chances are you will qualify for legal aid.
If you wish to check your eligibility, please go to: Legal Aid Agency