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What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is an out-of-court dispute resolution option.

 

The mediator helps participants to:

1. Communicate better
2. Be future-focused 

3. Make their own informed decisions about some or all the issues relating to their separation, divorce, children, property, finances and other non-legal issues like, agreeing boundaries.

 

Family Mediation is the process of out-of-court settlement in which an impartial third-party, the mediator helps those involved in family breakup to communicate better with one another. 

 

It helps participants reach their own agreements and make their own informed decisions about some or all issues regarding their separation, divorce, children, finances and property.  Mediation can also be described as “assisted negotiation”.

If your case is suitable for mediation and you and your ex-partner both agree to mediate, you can proceed via the mediation route. Mediation is a voluntary process for separating couples and the mediator.

It is a confidential and a legally privileged process, allowing you and your ex-partner to have open and frank discussions with each other, in a safe and supported environment, without fear that you will be bound by solutions that either of you propose within mediation sessions. It’s an opportunity to be creative and think ‘outside the box’ to reach bespoke resolutions.

Sushma will bring over 27 years’ experience and knowledge as a previously practicing family lawyer to the virtual family mediation table, as well as her own personal divorce experience. She will give you pragmatic guidance and information on all aspects relating to your breakup, to help you reach your own informed decisions.

Please note that Sushma cannot offer any legal advice and therefore, it is important that you do have the benefit of legal advice from independent lawyers. It is usually with the help and support of your lawyers that the terms of any agreements reached in mediation, can be converted into formal and/or legally binding Court Orders and or Agreements.

The Mediation Process

1
You may book a free 15 minute discovery call with Sushma online,  to clarify any concerns before booking a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

2
If you wish to proceed, complete the online self referral form then book and pay for a fixed fee (£125.00) MIAM through our services page. Please note that these initial assessment meetings are undertaken separately. The price includes signing and sending electronically the required form(s) for any proposed court application(s).

3
If assessed suitable for mediation and both you and ex-partner are willing to mediate, you can both book and pay online for a joint mediation session. The cost will be £187.50 each for a 90 minute virtual session. You can book as many sessions as required and pay as you go.

4
If assessed unsuitable or one/both of you are unwilling to mediate (if assessed suitable), Sushma will issue the requisite court form(s) needed to proceed with any court application(s) included in your fixed MIAM fee.

How We Can Help

You don't have to go to court or have long, drawn-out costly negotiations/court proceedings via the traditional lawyer-led route. We can help you resolve your issues and conflicts via the mediation route, so long as it is safe and suitable to mediate. That way both the emotional and financial costs of your separation and/or divorce can be minimised.

During the mediation process Sushma will help you:

  • Define the issues

  • Identify areas of agreement

  • Clarify areas of disagreement

  • Explore options

  • Provide pragmatic guidance and legal/other relevant information

  • Evaluate options to help you reach agreement upon them

 

At all times, Sushma will remain impartial and will not take sides or make judgments on who is right or wrong. She will offer legal and financial information to you in a neutral way to help you both understand the options, but cannot give you or your ex-partner any legal advice.

Research studies have shown that family disputes resolved via the mediation route are less acrimonious and less stressful than those cases that are settled through the court system. Also, decisions made by you and your ex-partner by agreement are more likely to be kept and adhered to, as opposed to court-imposed orders.