Making your own decisions you will reduce the uncertainty, stress and delay of using third parties, such as solicitors, to negotiate for you.
The range of solutions available in mediation nearly always exceeds the options and likely outcomes available in court proceedings.
We will provide you with impartial legal information about your position, and - where financial plans are involved - guidance about what documents and other information you may need to exchange with each other, especially if you want your proposals to be made legally binding.
You are likely to be on more peaceful terms with your ex-partner after a mediated settlement. This is especially important if you are parents; research shows that parental conflict is the major cause of unhappiness and poor outcomes for children.
Mediation is vastly cheaper than negotiating through solicitors and/or instructing solicitors to make applications to Court. Using solicitors is likely to cost thousands, or even tens of thousands, of pounds. We have a simple fee structure of £150 (inclusive of VAT) for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) and £175 per person per mediation session (of up to 90 minutes). On average, clients attend a MIAM and 1- 3 mediation sessions.
Legal aid is still available for mediation and, for those that are eligible, it is a free service - for an indication whether you MIGHT be eligible see www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid.
By far the majority of clients coming to Mediation First resolve their issues without involvement of Courts. However, mediated plans can be formalised by court orders if that is required for reassurance. Since April 2014 mediated plans for children can also be incorporated into court orders, if such reassurance is needed.
Discussions in mediation are private and confidential, so this provides a free space to explore and clarify different ideas and options with the knowledge that what is said cannot be used against you at a later date. (There are, of course, certain exceptions to privacy if any children might be at risk of serious harm, or if there are money laundering or Proceeds of Crime issues).
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