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 children 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
- Communication about issues concerning your children and key decisions
- how to financially and emotionally support your children
Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
Divorce is a stressful process and the first step in resolving things between you when you aren’t able to reach agreement between yourselves, is to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings, often referred to as a MIAM. If you are to going to take your case to court it is a legal requirement in most cases to have attended a MIAM. The other person named in the divorce is also expected to attend a MIAM, but this won’t be the same meeting as you.
A MIAM must be conducted by a mediator who is accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMC). All of our mediators have many years’ experience, and all have the necessary professional memberships and qualifications to sign the required forms for court should mediation not be suitable or breakdown.
At children 1st Mediation we can assist you and your spouse/former partner to make important decisions about your financial future. If you have financial issues that you need to resolve following the breakdown of your relationship, mediation can help you find a solution in a cost effectively and quicker way than via the Court process which is financially and emotionally draining and often long drawn out.
In Mediation the exchange of financial disclosure takes place in the first mediation meeting and then we help you to explore different options to assist you both to reach a fair and practical financial settlement. Discussions which take place in family mediation are confidential, in legal terms “Without Prejudice” however all financial disclosure exchanged is open which means that you can show the documentation to your solicitors and seek legal advice in between the mediation sessions.
At Children 1st Mediation our family mediators are accredited and experienced lawyers with a years of experience in dealing with children and financial issues in mediation. As mediators we don’t take sides or give advice, but we can give you information about the band of reasonableness which is vitally important if you need the Court to make a consent order regarding any agreement reached within the mediation setting, via your solicitors/legal advisers.
It is also not unusual for people to mediate to agree on the grounds for their divorce.
We regularly see people are struggling with this, particularly when people do not wish to was the 2 years separation and where one person is siting unreasonable behaviour. Mediation can ease conflict between you if the reasons for the breakdown of the marriage are agreed in advance together, avoiding any unpleasant surprises when the divorce petition is received by the respondent.
Even if you or your ex don’t feel ready to mediate right away, when you consider the financial and emotional costs of taking your divorce to court, mediation should be your first port of call where we can provide you with all the information you may need and signpost you for legal advice at the right time.
What does it cost?
MIAM £108 inc vat
All our fees are paid on a pay as you go basis
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All fees are per person and inclusive of VAT
Who can Refer?
Anyone can refer themselves to mediation. You do not have to see a solicitor first. We aim to have set up the first intake and assessment meeting within 5 working days of receiving the referral.