People often assume that their divorce or relationship breakdown will inevitably be complicated with tension and animosity – but this needn’t be the case.
So. how can family mediation help you?
Well, if you are struggling with a family law dispute, divorce or relationship break-up, have you ever considered that there might be a better way of sorting out your issues than going through the stressful and drawn-out court process?
Here at specialist divorce and family law firm Bonallack and Bishop, we are convinced that family mediation is, for the right couple, a much better way of resolving your issues – saving you money, speeding up the process and significantly reducing bitterness and stress – and most importantly, less distressing for any children involved.
We have 2 family mediators who are both experienced family lawyers – and we’re here to help you.
Does family mediation suit everyone?
In short, no. The family mediation approach is sadly not suited to all couples . In particular, a high level of openness and honesty, as well as a willingness to compromise, are needed to make mediation work – hidden agendas will usually bring about the failure of any attempt to mediate.
In mediation no one gets blamed, and the mediator is not there to take sides or to provide legal advice to either of you (that’s a job for your own lawyer). Family mediators are there purely to provide information and help discussion, even if they are also qualified lawyers. Any mediator must stay entirely neutral.
However, if you are willing to work together to reach a mutually beneficial and agreeable solution, mediation can produce great results.
So, before you make your decision, you’ll need to speak to an experienced family mediator to see if it’s right for you.
But don’t worry if mediation won’t work for you – our family lawyers are equally able to help you solve your family law problems using the traditional court based approach.
Will my lawyer attend family mediation sessions with me?
Mediation does not need each party have their own lawyer present during discussions. Instead ex partners work together towards a settlement with the help of their mediator.
However, when an agreement is finally reached, especially when it comes to financial issues following divorce, before the settlement can be made legally binding, parties will need to receive legal advice.
Family mediators — not just for financial issues in divorce
Family mediation has a number of benefits for everyone involved in the process of separation and divorce.
For many, the benefits are financial —mediators can help find ways in which the a couples financial assets may be divided or property can be split – and mediation can help avoid the often huge legal costs of fighting finances that follow divorce out in court. However, the benefits a family mediator can bring aren’t just financial.
Family mediation can really help where following relationship breakdown you’re having difficulty with arrangements for the children.
Settling on fair and practical arrangements that suit everyone can be surprisingly difficult, not least because of hurt feelings and high tempers. Not only can experienced family mediators help you reach an agreement about your children both quickly and easily, but it can be incredibly important, particular for older children, in knowing that their parents have come to an agreement themselves – rather than having to have a decision imposed on the family by judge after a battle in court. The calming influence of an experienced family mediator can really help to reach settlements which genuinely promote children’s best interests.
Mediators can also prove really helpful when there are disputes over levels of grandparent contact.
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