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We are a team of accredited family mediators


We offer both online and face to face MIAMs and mediation to our clients throughout the UK. As trained and impartial family mediators, we give you the opportunity to put the decision in your hands, rather than the courts, to decide what is best for you and your family.

We offer online mediation to our clients throughout the UK and are here to help you and your partner solve your problems and resolve your disputes.As trained and impartial family mediators, we give you the opportunity to put the decision in your hands, rather than the courts, to decide what is best for you and your children.

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Family Mediation Services

Online MIAM
An online MIAM is the first meeting that you will have with a mediator. It is required if you are wanting to go to court.  It can be done using Skype, or X – which is easy to do even if you are not a techy person! In this first meeting, you will have the opportunity to find out from a fully qualified family mediator how mediation works and the benefits of mediation. Many of your questions can be answered – Is going to court really the best way to address the implications of your relationship breakdown? Is mediation an effective alternative?  these are things that will be discussed in your online MIAM session.
Family Mediation
There are three main areas of discussion that we can help you with: Child arrangements Who will the children live with? Do the children require maintenance? If so, how much? What are the children going through? Communication How should we minimise conflict? How can we do what is best for our children post separation? How can we deal with the involvement of my new partner? Financial & property arrangements What will happen to the family home? How can we divide our assets How can I manage my cash flow? How can i afford life after separation?
MIAM
A MIAM is the first meeting with a mediator and is an acronym for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to find out from a qualified family mediator how mediation works and the benefits of it. Is going to court really the best way to address the concerns following your relationship breakdown? Is mediation an effective alternative? In the MIAM, these are things that will be discussed.

The benefits of family mediation

For many, family mediation is preferable to the court process.
It is in the children's best interests
It is well known that when parents co-operate, there is a beneficial effect to the children as it helps them maintain important family relationships.
It is less stressful & results in less conflict
The courts are often known for their adversarial approach and people often try to ‘win’ against the other, without looking at the overall picture.
It is usually quicker than going to court
The family mediation route takes on average 110 days, compared with 435 days for non-mediated cases. Therefore the average time saving is 325 days (10.5 months).
It puts the decision in your hands, not the courts
A family mediator will assist you with coming up with a solution that works for you and your family and importantly, how you can make this agreement legally binding.
An agreement can be made in a safe & confidential environment
The courts are often known for their adversarial approach and people often try to ‘win’ against the other, without looking at the overall picture.
It is usually cheaper than going to court
According to The National Audit Report in 2012, the average cost per client for mediation was £675. The average post per client for cases going to court was £2,823. This in an average cost saving of £2,148!

Stage 1

Initial meeting with a mediation (MIAM)
The first meeting with a mediator, otherwise known as a MIAM, provides you with the opportunity to find out how mediation works with a qualified family mediator. In brief, you will discuss:

  • What mediation is, and how it works
  • Whether mediation or another form of family dispute resolution is right for you and your family. Other forms include solicitor negotiation, collaborative law, arbitration and court.
  • Whether you deem the mediator that you are meeting to be trustworthy and are capable of handling your case
  • The benefits of mediation and other forms of family dispute resolution
  • How many sessions you may need
  • The likely costs of using mediation
  • Assess whether you are eligible for free mediation via legal aid.
  • Further details on this are on our MIAM page here.

Stage 2

Agreement to mediate
The first thing that will happen at the actual mediation is that both of you will sign an agreement to mediate, after the family mediator has checked that both of you understand what the document says and that you both know how mediation works. To the right is an example of an agreement to mediate, which is a standard document that must be used by all qualified family mediators. This must be signed before any mediation can go ahead.

Stage 3

Mediation sessions
The first thing to note is that there are four different types of mediation sessions:

1. Sole mediation

This is the standard procedure where two adult clients meet with a qualified mediator in one room to jointly discuss the potential solutions. On average, there tends to be between 1 and 6 mediation sessions, which vary depending on the number of issues that need to be discussed and the complexity of the relevant issues. Sole mediation sessions are shorter than that of shuttle mediation and take between 1.5 to 2 hours.

2. Co-mediation

This is the standard procedure where two adult clients meet with a qualified mediator in one room to jointly discuss the potential solutions. On average, there tends to be between 1 and 6 mediation sessions, which vary depending on the number of issues that need to be discussed and the complexity of the relevant issues. Sole mediation sessions are shorter than that of shuttle mediation and take between 1.5 to 2 hours.

3. Shuttle mediation

A third type of mediation is called shuttle mediation, and is used when the parties involved do not want to be present in the same room as each other. Instead, a mediator or mediators will ‘shuttle’ between the two rooms in order to negate the requirement of face-to-face communication. Whilst this method does not improve relations between the two parties like the other forms of mediation often do, this does provide an effective way to ensure safe negotiations. A downside to this method, however, is that it often takes substantially longer than sole & co-mediation, especially if each person brings his or her own lawyer to the negotiating process.

4. Direct consultation with any children involved

With this approach, a relevant child can talk with a qualified child consultant mediator – providing that the child would like to be involved and that both parents agree for this to happen. We assure parents that your children will not be asked to make choices or decisions and that parental authority is respected.

Stage 4

The final outcome
Once the family mediation process has finished, your family mediator will explain to you how you can seek legal advice regarding any proposals the two of you have come up with and how you can turn it into a legally binding agreement and/or court order. Whilst proposals regarding children do not necessarily have to be converted into a court order, proposals relating to financial issues often should be. In the event that you have not been able to agree on any proposals, we will discuss with you your potential options are at this stage, including using other means of negotiations, arbitration or court proceedings. Although we will never command you to do something, depending on the circumstances, we may suggest that you consult with another relevant professional, for instance a pensions specialist, before making any decisions.

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Team

Meet our friendly, supportive & multi-lingual team
Stuart Hanson FMCA
Stuart Hanson FMCA

Managing Partner

Family Mediator

Lesley Dudleston FMCA
Lesley Dudleston FMCA

Family Mediator

Dorian Sosa PhD
Dorian Sosa PhD

Office Manager

Abhi Markan
Abhi Markan

Digital Manager

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