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Family mediation is an alternative to Court proceedings and is a useful process for separating couples. Mediation can help parties reach agreements in relation to arrangements for children and also financial matters following separation. Mediation sessions are conducted by independent Mediators. They are professionally trained to help separated parties reach agreements in relation to issues that are in dispute. They do not represent either party and are therefore completely impartial.
What are the benefits of Mediation?
Mediation can be very beneficial for parties in helping them reach an agreement following a separation.
Some Mediators also offer Legal Aid to parties that are financially eligible.
If you have recently separated and wish to utilise the Mediation process then you can find a local Mediator by visiting the Family Mediation Council’s website here -https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/find-local-mediator/
It is important to note that in most circumstances, parties have a duty to attend Mediation before Court proceedings can be issued regarding child arrangements or the financial consequences of a marriage breakdown. There are some exemptions to this which we will cover in our next blog as part of #familymediationweek.
At Ramsdens we offer advice and assistance to clients following separation. We can advice you in relation to all aspects of family law. Our Solicitors are resolution trained Solicitors and have a non-confrontational approach to dealing with matters in the best interests of clients.
We understand that going through a separation is emotionally difficult and can be upsetting. We are here to help you throughout the whole process. To book an appointment contact our Family Helpline on 08000 147720, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text LAW to 67777 to book a free thirty minute consultation at any of our offices across West Yorkshire. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our 12 offices.