Bright Mediation UK: Family Mediation – What is it? How can it help you and your family.
Family Mediation is a way of sorting differences between you and your ex-partner, with the help of a third person who won’t take sides. This third person is called a family mediator.
They can help you reach an agreement about issues such as :
Finances, money, property
At Bright Mediation we can provide the practical help, information and compassion that you may need at this difficult time.
Accredited by the Family Mediation Council in all issues, we are trained to work with people to find solutions that both parties can agree on.
Family mediation is an increasingly popular alternative to asking the court to make decisions about your family – it works by helping you to find practical solutions that feel fair.
Family mediation isn’t about getting back together. It gives you the opportunity to talk directly to each other with the help and guidance of a trained professional to work out the issues that matter most to you both going forward.
Family mediation is…
Mediation is VOLUNTARY
Mediators are IMPARTIAL
Mediation is CONFIDENTIAL
YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS
It’s focused on your CHILDREN
It’s FUTURE focused
Family mediation is NOT…
Counselling or therapy
A substitute for legal advice
An opportunity to impose your view on your former partner
What can Family Mediation help with?
Here are some of the issues that we deal with every day:
Where children are going to live and with whom
What arrangements should be made for children to spend time with both parents
Communication between parents
Schooling / out of school activities
Holidays and special days (e.g. birthdays, Christmas)
What should happen to the family home, including the mortgage or rental agreement
What should happen to cars/valuable items
What should happen to bank accounts, building society accounts or savings
What should happen to pensions, insurance policies etc
How much does Family Mediation Cost?
The total cost depends on your circumstances and how many sessions. Everyone must attend an initial assessment meeting, and here we will give you an idea of the overall timescales/cost. The rates that family mediators charge are generally much lower than the rates family lawyers charge. We will be clear at the outset to help you budget accordingly.
Typically family mediation is far quicker and cheaper than going to court.
Legal aid is available for family mediation. If you are on Universal Credit or any other benefits and you don’t have significant assets, there is a good chance you may be eligible. To find out if you qualify, use the online Legal Aid Checker at www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid or call the Civil Legal Advice service on 0345 345 4345.
Want to find out more?
Please get in touch. We offer everyone a free telephone consultation so you can decide if Mediation is for you :