What is mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party (the mediator) meets the parties in dispute to help them negotiate a settlement of their dispute. The large majority of disputes dealt with by mediation, result in settlement.
Do I have to be in the same room as the other party?
No. We can arrange your mediation so that you and the other party are in separate rooms, either to start with or for the entire mediation. The mediator will move between rooms, speaking to each party separately. This is called shuttle mediation.
Will I be safe during the mediation?
We will not allow you to mediate if we do not believe you will be safe. We offer a calm environment in which to resolve your differences at your own pace.
What will I have to do during the mediation?
Mediation works at its very best when parties come with an open mind and the willingness to find a solution to their disputes. The clearer and calmer you can be while discussing matters, the better.
Does the mediation fee have to be paid before the mediation takes place?
Yes. Our terms for payment and cancellation are clearly set out in the agreement you will sign prior to the mediation.
Who pays for the mediation?
Parties often pay half each but one party can pay the whole fee if that is agreed.
Will the mediator be fair to both sides?
Yes. Mediators are completely impartial and either side can stop the mediation at any time if they are not happy. Mediators will not force you to make decisions or agree to something you do not feel comfortable with.
How is family mediation different from seeing a solicitor or going to court?
Unlike negotiating through your solicitors, family mediation allows you to speak directly to each other (with the assistance of a mediator), so that you can both explain what you are feeling and what is most important to you. It also lets you focus on the things that really matter to you as a family.
What are the advantages of mediation?
Mediation is a faster and less expensive process than going to court. When mediation results in a settlement, the parties avoid the legal costs of fighting litigation and the stress resulting from protracted court proceedings.
How much does mediation cost?
We will advise you of your fixed price once we have had a brief, intial chat with you to get an idea of your circumstances. The price quoted will include all preparatory work, telephone consultations, mediation meeting and final written agreement.
What happens if we can't reach an agreement at the mediation?
In that unlikely event, we can have a further discussion to decide upon the best way forward.
Is a mediation agreement legally binding?
It is a misconception that all mediation agreements are not legally binding. A mediation agreement can be in certain circumstances and if the participants want it, form a legally binding contract. Divorce matters may need to be formalized with a consent order made by the court. A mediation agreement can be used as the basis for the terms of a consent order.
Is mediation the same as counselling? Do you offer counselling services?
No mediation is not the same things as counselling. Mediation is used when relationships have broken down and resolution is needed on specific issues e.g. child access, disputes over finances, separation or divorce issues etc. Although we do not offer counselling, we work closely with Chameleon Counselling who are able to offer a wide range of counselling services. Find them: here
How do you work out the cost of mediation?
We will assess your situation and quote you accordingly. We DO NOT charge per person or per session as many mediators do. From the outset we strive to keep your costs as low as possible.