Today is the first day of family Mediation Week, aimed to raise awareness of mediation as a method to resolve family disputes.
As a lawyer and family mediator I recommend my clients try mediation whenever appropriate. Mediation can be a positive, cost effective option for resolving issues relating to arrangements for children and practical and financial issues surrounding separation and divorce.
More information about family mediation can be found at www.freethsoxford.co.uk/mediation or give me a call on 01865 781182.
This is a process in which the participants meet (initially, separately) with an impartial and specially trained family mediator (or co-mediators) to explain what needs to be settled, to explore the options available and consider ways of reaching agreement on any or all the questions they need to settle. Mediation can help family members to settle arrangements for children and/or financial and property matters at any stage of separation/divorce, as well as some other family matters. Participants are helped to reach well-informed decisions, without pressure from each other or from the mediator. When a full and final settlement is needed in divorce proceedings, the terms worked out in mediation can be used as the basis for a consent order.