The breakdown of a relationship can bring its own challenges. Often relations turn sour and trying to sort out arrangements for children, pets, property, who gets to keep the furniture, can seem like an insurmountable task in itself. That’s where our specialist family mediation solicitors can help.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way of resolving disputes which can happen when a relationship breaks down. A mediator can helps divorcing and separating couples reach agreement on arrangements for their children and finances in a constructive and non-confrontational way to help restore communication, understanding and trust.
Mediators do not tell you what to do but help you look at different options for sorting things out, so that you reach your own agreements about all aspects of your separation, divorce or dissolution, including arrangements for children, finances and property.
Why choose Redkite Solicitors for family mediation?
Our Mediator trained with the Family Mediators Association and is registered with the Family Mediation Council. Also a Family Law Solicitor, our Mediator is on the Law Society Children Panel and is an Advanced member of the Law Society Family Panel, as well as being an Accredited Specialist of Resolution.
The aim of Mediation is to help all parties reach the best arrangements possible for everyone involved with as little disruption, confrontation and expense as possible. To reach this goal our specialist Mediator will:-
- Provide a family focused mediation service which can help you focus on the needs of you and your children, and to make decisions on how you will deal with parenting issues going forwards. This is especially beneficial when there has been a breakdown in communication;
- Help with decisions about your property and finances;
- Provide a holistic service for families, working with other agencies where appropriate to ensure that you can get the advice and support you need to move forward;
- Ensure Confidentiality: nothing you say during the mediation process will be passed on to anyone outside of the mediation without your consent. If there are significant concerns about the wellbeing and safety of children or adults however, the appropriate agencies will be contacted.
- Provide a written record of the decisions you make and prepare the documents needed to draw up a legally binding agreement between you.
What does Mediation Involve?
Initially you and your former partner will be seen separately so that we can assess whether mediation is suitable. During this session, the mediator will:
- explain the process and answer your questions;
- assess each person’s willingness to participate;
- check any concerns and assess whether mediation is suitable for you both;
- help you decide whether you want to proceed with mediation;
- Sometimes mediation may not be suitable, in which case the mediator will help you look at alternatives;
If you both decide to proceed with mediation all subsequent meetings are joint mediation sessions which last about one and a half hours with the whole process taking, on average, three mediation sessions for Child Arrangements or Property and Finance, and five to six mediation session for All Issues Mediation.
With 6 high-street offices across Cardiff, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, you can drop in to speak to one of our family law solicitors when you’re in need of straightforward practical advice.
For dedicated legal support and expert family law mediation, get in touch with a member of our team today.