Mediation is a completely voluntary process in which separating or divorcing couples instruct an independent third party, known as a Mediator, to assist them in communicating with each other. The aim is to help couples consider the relationship breakdown and to make decisions about their children, finances and property. In this respect, mediation provides couples with information and signposts where they can get more specialist guidance in terms of finances, pensions, legal advice and family matters.
There are numerous benefits in attending mediation in contrast to engaging in solicitor – led correspondence or issuing proceedings at court, which include:
Currently, there is an added incentive to attend mediation for separated or divorcing parties who wish to resolve the future arrangements for their children. The Ministry of Justice has pledged £2m to help promote mediation in such cases and has developed a mediation voucher scheme, whereby £500 can be made available to the parties to help them meet the costs of mediation.
There are some limitations in that this scheme is only available from certain accredited mediators, and whilst at Tisshaws we have not subscribed to the scheme, we can refer parties to accredited mediators and provide them with the legal advice they may require alongside the mediation process or at the conclusion of it.
At Tisshaws, we can arrange for an initial consultation with one of our lawyers where we can discuss mediation and the mediation scheme in more detail. If you would like to book an initial consultation at a fixed fee of £50.00 (incl. VAT), please contact 01444 472700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know how difficult divorce and separation can be, so we offer an initial one hour fixed fee consultation with a fully qualified lawyer, to help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
To book, please call 01444 472700 or complete the quick contact form.