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to be set up in the country and it is now one of the foremost providers of family mediation in the UK.
We have an unrivalled depth of knowledge, skill and experience in solving problems and resolving conflict and disputes within families.
All members of our family mediation team are professionally accredited (FMCA) through the Family Mediation Council.
We have our own dedicated mediation premises in a quiet yet central location, with 3 mediation rooms, separate waiting areas, a reception area with additional seating and a back office.
We are able to offer first meeting / MIAMs appointments (for individuals) within 24hours and appointments for mediation meetings (for both parties), within 5 working days.
Courts recognise that parents are generally best placed to know what is in their children’s interests.
Divorce & Separation
The mediation Bureau is available to help you reach agreements related to matters about children, finance and property.
Family Mediation is a safe and positive way to have difficult conversations within the family, about a wide range of things.
We are a well-established organisation which has been running an independent service for over 30 years.
Qualified to consult children in mediation
Family mediators are there to help you to reach decisions about things that are important for you and your family. They can help you to find a way to plan for the future and to agree what will work best for you without having to go to court. That can save you time, money and Read more about Why choose family mediation?[…]
Contact a mediator as soon as you need help sorting things out. Even if you’ve been separated for a while, or if your case has already gone to court, mediation can still help to resolve things. You can’t usually take your case to court until you find out if mediation can help you first. If Read more about When should I try family mediation?[…]
The first meeting with a mediator is often called a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Whether it’s called a MIAM or a first meeting, it will cover the same things. The first meeting with a mediator gives you the chance to find out how mediation works. Mediators are trained to work out with you Read more about What is a MIAM?[…]
If you want to take your case to court, it is now – in most cases – a legal requirement to attend a MIAM. The other person involved is also expected to attend a MIAM, but they don’t have to go to the same meeting as you. There are exemptions that mean you might not Read more about Do I have to go to a MIAM?[…]
These meetings can be held separately from your ex. However you can go to the meeting together if you prefer. You can choose. Time will always be spent with each person alone to make sure they have made their own decision to come to mediation and are not at risk of any harm or abuse.
The first meeting, and mediation sessions which follow, may cost you nothing if you get legal aid. The mediator will help you work out if you can claim legal aid. Our fees are subject to VAT and charged per person, per session and are paid in advance of your meetings Our MIAMs cost £65 for Read more about How much does a MIAM meeting cost?[…]
If everyone agrees to try mediation then an appointment is made for your first mediation session. If you decide not to continue into mediation or it’s not suitable in your circumstances then the mediator will have to sign the relevant court form to show you have considered mediation. This means you can take your case Read more about What happens after the first (MIAM) meeting?[…]
If the first meeting (MIAM) goes well and you all agree to try mediation, you will book mediation sessions. It usually takes between three and five meetings to come to agreement, depending on what you need to sort out. The mediator will usually see you and your ex-partner together, although you should be offered the Read more about Mediation meetings (aka sessions)[…]
Mediators are trained to: Listen and help you both to work out what has to be dealt with. Discuss what your options might be and what might work best for the future. Make sure you both have chance to speak and be heard. Provide any legal information needed to help your discussions or confirm when Read more about What does a mediator do?[…]
The decisions you reach aren’t legally binding on their own. But you can ask a court to make what you’ve decided into a legally binding consent order. Your mediator can explain what this is and how you can get a consent order. There is a cost for this court application and your mediator will be Read more about Are the decisions we make legally binding?[…]
Most people going through mediation find it helpful to have legal advice to support them. You can arrange this at any time and your mediator may also recommend you do if you are talking about things that relate to a legal issue. The mediator can give you information about local family solicitors and how to Read more about Can I get legal advice on whether the proposed agreement is fair for me?[…]
If your situation changes and the arrangements aren’t working, you can go back to the mediator to change the original agreement. If the court has made your agreement into a legally binding order and somebody doesn’t follow it, you should consider whether the problem is capable of being sorted out with the help of a mediator. If you think it Read more about What if things don’t go as planned afterwards?[…]
All mediators are trained to help parents to think about the ways they can support their children. They can also provide information about how children can be supported when parents separate. Some mediators are also qualified to see children and young people separately as part of a parental mediation process. The Family Mediation Council’s Code Read more about Can my children be involved in sessions?[…]
We charge per session (not per hour) and for mediation sessions we apply a ‘sliding scale’. See our Fees page. At your first (MIAM) meeting, the mediator will be able to give you an estimate of how much mediation is likely to cost, based on their understanding of what it is you hope to deal Read more about What does mediation cost?[…]
If you’re on a low income you may be able to get legal aid to help pay for one or more of: The Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM) Mediation sessions Legal help in support for mediation If your case isn’t suitable for mediation, in some circumstances you might get legal aid for other sorts Read more about Can I get legal aid?[…]
There are a number of ways of dealing with family matters without having to make an application to court. A divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership can only be granted by a court but this can be done without actually going to a hearing at court. For many people, sorting out arrangements for children Read more about When do I need to go to court?[…]
Going to court should be a last resort. But if you do need to go to court, you will still need to show that you have either attended a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM) or you don’t need to attend a MIAM because of your circumstances. You need to do this by sending the Read more about What if I do need to go to court?[…]