Family Mediation Services

Family Mediation Services
Legally reviewed by: Shakeela Bi

Family mediation gives you the opportunity to resolve any of your disputes in a civilised manner. You can discuss matters with a qualified mediator, and reach an agreement that benefits everyone, without needing to go to court.

When Family Mediation Can Be Useful

Generally speaking, mediation can be used for all non-criminal disputes. This includes workplace conflict and disagreements between neighbours. Mediation can help with:

  • Divorce and separation issues
  • Child custody and parenting battles
  • Disagreements over the rights of grandparents
  • Family business disputes
  • Inheritance battles
  • Extended family conflict
  • Disputes over elder care

How Does Mediation Work?

When you attend your first mediation session, a specialist mediator will sit down with you and the other parties to fully understand the facts of your situation.

Once they have established what you want to get out of the sessions, they will put forward a range of proposals, questions, offers and counter-offers. They will never make decisions or suggest solutions on your behalf.  Mediation would not be suitable if you have been a victim of domestic abuse.  You would not be expected to sit with the perpetrator to try and reach any agreement.  If you receive a request from a mediator to attend mediation you would need to inform them that there has been domestic abuse in the relationship and they will issue a certificate to say that mediation is not suitable.  If you then wish to make an application to the court, you will exhibit the mediation certificate to any court applications.

The Benefits of Family Mediation

The main benefit of family mediation is that it keeps your case out of court, which saves you time, money, inconvenience, and emotional stress and anxiety.

Mediation also offers more control over personal decisions rather than a judge getting the final decision. If you reach an agreement together during mediation, then a solicitor will draw up a contract that both parties will sign to confirm that they understand and agree to the terms.

If any of the terms are broken, the offending party can be taken to court for a breach of contract.

We can help you to find the right mediator for your specific situation, and work towards the best solution for you.

For a consultation, call the experienced family lawyers at Cartwright King Solicitors on 0345 894 1622 or request a call back online today and we will call you.

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