Family Mediation - what is it, how does it work and how can we help you?

Introducing family mediation at Leeds Day

We pleased to announce that the family team at Leeds Day can now offer family mediation to separating couples.  Mediation is a process where divorcing or separating couples agree to try and resolve any differences they have about their split through discussion between themselves and a mediator who will try and facilitate an agreement. Key points to remember about mediation are:

  • It is not counselling. The mediator is not aiming to reconcile the parties, but instead to assist with the split and to resolve disputes amicably;
  • It is entirely voluntary. Neither party can be forced to mediate;
  • The parties can seek to agree matters including terms the court would not normally be able to order and this therefore gives the parties a wide scope for negotiation to include highly practical matters;
  • It is very often a swift and efficient means of addressing family related problems;
  • It is almost always more economical to mediate disputes rather than take them to court;
  • As opposed to court proceedings the process of mediation is much more likely to promote an amicable resolution of disputes promoting a better long term dialogue between separated parties.

The issues that can be mediated are virtually limitless and include disputes over finances and children.

How does it work?

A mediator will first meet both parties and outline the procedure he/she intends to follow.

Not all mediations are conducted in the same way but those concerning finance between married couples will usually involve both parties providing full disclosure to the other of their income, property/savings and liabilities so that the mediator and all parties are aware of the extent of the marital assets.

Mediators will in all cases conduct the process usually over a number of sessions; perhaps 4 or 5 on average, when the parties will discuss their aims and the mediator will seek to suggest solutions and invite comment from them on issues of concern.

The mediator’s role is to be completely impartial. He or she is not a legal advisor when acting as mediator, whether or not he or she is a qualified lawyer.

If an agreement is reached between mediating parties they will have the ability to seek independent legal advice on what has been agreed and they can then enter into a formal binding agreement  if they so wish.

How we can help you?

At Leeds Day, we are pleased to announce that we now are able to conduct mediations from any of our three offices situated at Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots. Our mediator, Lee Bailham, is an ADR qualified family law mediator and a solicitor.  Lee is also an approved mediator able to carry out MIAMS which are required if a person is contemplating Court proceedings relating to children and/or financial issues following the breakdown of their marriage or relationship.

For an initial mediation appointment contact Lee Bailham at Leeds Day on 01480 442039 or email lee.bailham@leedsday.co.uk

Aside from our mediation service we at Leeds Day have three highly experienced divorce and family solicitors practising exclusively in family law. The team includes Resolution accredited and collaborative family law specialists.   For further details and for information about what other services the firm offers, visit our website: www.leedsday.co.uk or telephone 0844 567 2222


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