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Family mediation and how it works

September 2016 - Issue 2

Mediation is a process where a neutral expert, trained as a mediator, facilitates discussion between parties in dispute. The mediator cannot provide legal advice to each individual party but can provide generic legal context to assist solution finding. Where necessary the mediator can signpost the need for each party to take advice from his or her own solicitor, particularly if the taking of that advice can unblock an impasse or where a party is potentially legally vulnerable. The mediator, at onset, assesses with the parties suitability for mediation as a process. The parties have to want to use a discursive process and be able to deal constructively with each other, albeit in the safe environment of meetings taking place with the mediator present. Other professionals such as accountants, family consultants and financial advisors can be drawn into the mediation process by agreement, to add expertise on the range of solutions.

 

Mediation can be used for all types of dispute. It is however particularly helpful for family cases. This is because it works as a constructive process, providing framework for the parties to still be able to have some kind of relationship after resolution of the issues. This can be very relevant where there are children and where people would prefer not to be in long term enmity. Mediation on the whole tends to be quicker and cheaper than most of the other resolution processes’.

All the solicitors in the Family Law department are Resolution trained mediators. We consider each case for referral for other mediators, if we already act for one of the parties so cannot be the mediator in that case.

Call any of the solicitors to discuss mediation further:

 

Georgie Hall: 01473 298233

Georgina Rayment: 01473 298344

Victoria Mayhew: 01473 298350

   

Victoria Mayhew

Associate and Mediator

e vmayhew@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298350

 

 

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