Family / Children Mediation

All our mediators are accredited Family Mediators qualified and registered to undertake MIAMs and pre court Mediation

Mediating Arrangements for the Children

Our team of professionally qualified Family Mediators have over 80 years collective experience in family mediation, helping you to get a solution to meet the needs of your children.

All our mediators are accredited Family Mediators qualified and registered to undertake MIAMs and pre court Mediation.

When we are trying to mediate for childran and matters we will typically discuss;

  • where the children will live – residence
  • how care will be shared between parents – contact and residence
  • arrangements for school holidays and special events throughout the year such as Christmas
  • the best way for parents to communicate about issues concerning your children
  • how both parents can best support the children both financially and emotionally

Child Contact Issues

Family Mediation helps parents or carers to focus on their children’s needs moving forward, which assists them to reach well-informed decisions that are practical and seem fair to each of you. We won’t take sides or try to influence your decisions in any way.

The majority of issues in relation to Child arrangements are resolved within 2 meetings, in some more complex cases this can be up 3 sessions.

After you met with the mediator separately and have both agreed to come into Mediation the mediator will set up the first joint meeting*. A first mediation meeting about child arrangements is normally 1.5hrs.

Both parents work together with the mediator to identify what needs to be settled, explore the options available, discuss individual and collective concerns, and consider options to reaching a mutually agreeable way forward on the things you each feel need to be resolved.

Where appropriate we also discuss with you both the option of speaking to the children Family Mediation helps you as the parents to stay in control over the decisions for your children, without the need for these decisions to be settled through solicitors or in court. Even if your case has already gone to court, its not too consider mediation.

We achieve successful outcomes in over 80% of of our Mediations so you can be sure you are in the best hands.

*We recognise that a joint meeting isn’t always the best way to set things up and we can offer alternative options depending on your circumstances and what the mediator thinks will work best in your circumstances.

How does Family Mediation Work?

After you met with the mediator separately and have both agreed to come into Mediation the mediator will set up the first joint meeting*. A first mediation meeting about child arrangements is normally 1.5hrs.

Both parents work together with the mediator to identify what needs to be settled, explore the options available, discuss individual and collective concerns, and consider options to reaching a mutually agreeable way forward on the things you each feel need to be resolved.

Where appropriate we also discuss with you both the option of speaking to the children.

Family Children Mediation

Face to Face or Online?

Mediation is always best face to face, but we understand that this is not always possible, particularly with the overriding Covid considerations. With this is mind we are conducting most of our mediation meetings online, typically by Zoom, although What’s app and Facetime are also available in some cases. There are still some options for face-to-face mediation where the need arises.

For online mediation all you’ll need is a computer, tablet or smartphone with a webcam, a reliable Internet connection and somewhere private to meet. We take the stress out of this for you by organising the meeting and sending you the link to simply click. We can offer shuttle mediation in some circumstances.

We would normally see clients face to face at one of our local offices, but as a result of covid there are currently a temporarily limited number of face-to-face appointments in our Plymouth offices.  This means we can see clients from across England and Wales.

Family Mediation helps you as the parents to stay in control over the decisions for your children, without the need for these decisions to be settled through solicitors or in court. Even if your case has already gone to court, its not too consider mediation.

What does it cost?

Depending on the experience of the Mediator the fees range from;

 1 Hour1hr 30mins1hr 45mins2hours
Consultant Mediator£144 £216£252£288
Practice Director£156£234£273£312

All fees are per person and inclusive of VAT

Family Children Mediation

What Happens after Mediation?

For Children only cases the mediator will upon request provide a summary letter detailing any agreements reached. If you require a parenting plan drafted this will be discussed with you at the mediation appointment.

Following the last financial cases the Mediator will produce an open financial statement that will be used as your financial disclosure in any divorce proceedings. This document is open and will need to be signed by each of you.  The Mediator will also draft a Memorandum of Understanding or Summary letter depending on your needs, setting out any proposals/agreements reached during the mediation

If we produce a Summary letter, Open Financial Statement, Outcome Statement, Summary letter or Memorandum of Understanding at the end of a session or upon conclusion of your mediation the is a cost. Each document  is charged at £120 / hr (inc VAT) which is shared between the parties. For financial cases involving property and pensions you can expect between 2-4hrs each at the end of the mediation process if you require an OFS and MOU.

Further Mediation Resources

Help for children can be found at kids in the middle.https://www.voicesinthemiddle.com

For more information about how to make the best use of mediation you can go here to the government website –https://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/survival-guide-using-family-mediation-after-break

Citizens Advice can also help you https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/ending-a-relationship/how-to-separate/mediation-to-help-you-separate/

CAFCASS

CAFCASS are specialist Social Workers who advise the court about the options available for children and young people. CAFCASS provide information and advice online to support parents to find a better alternative to court. https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/divorce-and-separation/parenting-plan/

Confidentiality in mediation

The Mediation meetings are confidential, that means unless there are safeguarding concerns that the discussions in mediation can’t be referred to outside of mediation, and specifically can’t be used in court.

This protects everyone and enables you to have open and honest conversations without worry that it will be used against you. A court can’t look at anything that is said within mediation. Everyone taking part in mediation will have to confirm that they understand the need for confidentiality.

The mediator can’t keep anything you say or send to them in between mediation sessions confidential, everything has to be shared between you.