Mediation is where the two of you discuss and agree the best way forward in a confidential setting with the assistance of a trained third party mediator who is impartial and non-judgmental.
Mediation is a voluntary process, meaning that it can only take place if both people want to commit to resolving the dispute in this way. Nobody can be forced to come to mediation, as the process depends on a willingness to talk about coming to an agreement. Mediation cannot be ordered or enforced by a court, but it can be encouraged. Mediation produces a non-binding agreement that can easily be converted into a binding court order by consent.
Legal aid may be available for family mediation if your income is less than £2,657 per month before tax, and you have less than £8,000 in savings. You can check whether you may be eligible for legal aid here [LINK], or by calling 0345 345 4345. If you are not eligible, but your former partner is and is willing to mediate, you are entitled to a free first individual meeting and first mediation session under the legal aid scheme. We are able to provide MIAMs and family mediation services to privately paying and legally-aided clients, and to sign court forms where necessary.
Gail Marchant-Daisley, Sue Varty, Adam Moghadas and Tricia Ashton are all family mediators. In addition, our consultant Suzy Ashworth is a specialist family mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council, and is a mediators’ Professional Practice Consultant.
Please download our information sheet if you would like more details about family mediation. Alternatively, you can call Suzy, Gail, Sue, or Adam on 01223 224384 for a confidential initial discussion.
The government’s aim in introducing Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) was to raise awareness of family mediation as a cost-effective and constructive way of resolving family issues without involving the courts. MIAMs are compulsory for all people seeking to start family court proceedings about finances on divorce or children matters, unless exempt from the requirement.
If you are entitled to legal aid, or your former partner is, you may not have to pay for your MIAM. You may be eligible if your income is less than £2,657 per month (gross) and you have less than £8,000 in savings. If you would like to investigate legal aid eligibility further, you can call the Legal Aid Agency on 0345 345 4345 or click here to use the online service.
Suzy Ashworth provides statutory MIAMs to privately-paying and legally-aided clients. You can contact Suzy on 01223 224384 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.