Family mediation involves an independent, professionally-trained mediator, working with you to resolve disputes by finding solutions. This can include divorce mediation, disputes concerning children, financial disputes or any other property issues or disputes that arise. The family mediation meetings are all held at our offices in Banbury and Bicester, and we provide a calm and comfortable environment in which our friendly staff can make you feel at ease straight away.
Mediation is different from a collaborative law approach, where each party appoints their own legal representatives. With family mediation, there is one fully independent mediator involved with both parties.
Mediators are impartial and do not tell you what is best for you. Family mediation is completely confidential and it is a process that you take part in voluntarily. Mediation can be particularly helpful where couples disagree about future arrangements for their children. Skilled mediators can help people maintain focus on what is best for their children, so they are more likely to reach agreement for the benefit of all concerned.
Our family mediators want to help separating couples find the best way to resolve conflict. We know that family mediation is an excellent alternative to court. Our mediators work hard to give you a forum to explore long-term solutions, reduce conflict, time and costs, as well as protecting your family’s future.
Being part of a respected Legal 500 law firm, gives clients the confidence that we have the expertise and knowledge they need to successfully navigate their way through the mediation process.
At the start of the mediation process, you will both meet with a mediator individually. This gives you the opportunity to get to know your mediator and decide whether they are someone you feel you can work with, and if mediation is the right course for you. Our mediator will explain the mediation process to you, as well as giving you the opportunity to explain your version of events and point of view, before a joint meeting takes place.
Time: Individual meetings are between 30-45 minutes
Cost: £95* (inclusive of VAT) per person
Following the individual meetings, both parties will be invited to attend a joint mediation meeting with their mediator and agree a structure for their discussions. The main areas of discussion normally focus on children, money and property. The number of these meetings is dependent on your particular circumstances, but on average 4-6 joint meetings may be required.
Time: Joint meetings are for 1 ½ hours
Cost: £216* (inclusive of VAT) per person
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