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Mediation Services

Mediation Services

We understand that divorce or separation is traumatic, and that couples can feel angry, confused or anxious about the future.

They are often apprehensive about discussing future arrangements with their partners as conversations can sometimes go round in circles and often end in arguments.

We provide expert mediation services as well as confidential appointments for you and your partner to help you sort out the practical arrangements for your children, property, possessions, and importantly, your future.

What is mediation?

Mediation is an alternative way of resolving the issues that can arise from separation. It helps you to avoid battles or contested hearings in court about the arrangements for the children, financial issues or how you wish to go about getting divorced.

Mediation can help you to improve communication between you and your partner and resolve issues on which you may find it difficult to agree.

Our mediators will not offer you legal advice but they will give you information about the legal process and the documents you need to complete to ensure that your agreements are legally binding. They are qualified solicitors so they can help you go through your finances together to reach an agreement that is fair.

How can mediation help you?

Mediation offers you the opportunity to have a confidential meeting with your spouse to discuss the matters that are important to you.

Our mediators will remain neutral and will not take sides. They will not make any decisions but will give you the opportunity to put forward your point of view, listen to each other and have a constructive conversation. Our mediators will assist you so you can reach an agreement that you think is fair and meets the needs of you and your family.

Your own solicitor, if you have one, would not be present but can give you advice between the mediation sessions and then complete the legal paperwork to ensure that the agreement you have reached is fair.

Mediation has helped couples to:

  • End the marital relationship amicably
  • Reduce conflict
  • Maintain good relationships with their ex-spouses
  • Carry less bitterness and resentment into their post-divorce lives
  • Be more content with existing childcare arrangements and less likely to have disagreements about child contact

Mediators can also help cohabitees, those ending a civil partnership, grandparents or even couples about to get married to reach an agreement on the terms of a prenuptial agreement.

Is mediation confidential?

Yes. What you say in mediation is confidential and the mediator will not pass it on to anyone else unless both of you agree. The only exception is if it appears from what is said during mediation that either a child or an adult is at risk of significant harm or could cause significant harm. The mediator would then have to make sure that the police or social services were told.

What will happen during your mediation session?

Mediation meetings take place at our offices in Hull. You will firstly be offered a Mediation Information and Assessment appointment (MIAM) either on your own or together to meet the mediator and ask any questions you may have.

This appointment usually lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. The mediator will explain the process to you and any other options available.

How much will it cost?

The cost for a MIAM appointment is £87 plus VAT or £65 plus VAT each if you attend together. The cost can be subject to review from time to time.

The mediator will discuss with you the cost of the mediation sessions at the MIAM appointment and how the cost can be met.

Mediation sessions usually last for up to two hours and most people have two or three sessions. However, you can decide the agenda, how long the sessions will be and how many you need.

How do I apply?

You can apply for mediation by telephoning any of our mediators direct on 01482 323697

How can you help me?

Our specialist mediator Karen Saunders has been a solicitor since 1984 and has been a qualified a mediator since 1999.  Karen has a great deal of experience in mediation and is a member of Resolution and is fully accredited by the Family Mediation Council.

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