Mediation is a way of resolving those difficult issues without the expensive cost of court proceedings and reducing the length of time dealing with these issues.
Recent figures show the average cost of court proceedings is in the region of £5k - £15k per person. The average cost of private mediation are around £500.
If you qualify for Legal Aid for mediation it is FREE
How does Mediation work?
The mediator's role is to assist couples to discuss their problems together in an open and co-operative atmosphere, that allows balanced and productive discussion to take place.
The mediators establish ground rules so that each person can express their point of view. Each mediation session may last up to one and a half hours. Three or four sessions may be needed depending on the complexity of the issues involved in your situation, and the time needed to make important decisions.
What is an Assessment Meeting?
This is a free 30-minute meeting between you and a Mediator to find out more about how Mediation might help you find solutions to your own particular family legal problems.
The Government wish to encourage families who turn to the law for help to first find out whether Mediation is suitable, and this will be your opportunity to be informed about how Mediation works, and to ask any questions of the Mediator which may be of concern to you.