Slater and Gordon Lawyers are pleased to announce that they now offer Mediation Information Assessment Meetings from their offices in Milton Keynes as well as a full mediation service.
Our resident mediator Tara Deegan can conduct Mediation Information Assessment meetings and if required provide the necessary paperwork should mediation prove unsuccessful and a case proceed to Court.
In changes included in The Children and Families Bill from 22 April this year, it will become a requirement for anyone starting family Court proceedings to resolve a dispute over children, finances, or splitting property to attend a Mediation Information Assessment meeting. As Family Solicitors we’re often asked if we can represent both parties. In mediation we can do this.
The mediation process involves the couple working with a specially trained mediator who can help them to reach an agreement that they both feel comfortable with. Over a series of meetings the couple meet and discuss their requirements with the mediator and work towards an agreement that can be made into a legally binding Court order once there are divorce proceedings.
By its nature Family Mediation is quicker and less expensive than costly Court proceedings and can help to alleviate a lot of the acrimony often associated with a difficult separation.
It is our experience that those couples who attend mediation go on to reach successful agreements through mediation.
Mediation also offers much more. It can help the whole family to establish new ‘ground rules’ for the way, in which you’ll live, communicate and relate to each other. It can make the process after separation easier and it can make it easier for the children to cope at such an uncertain time.
At Slater and Gordon we charge £89 plus Vat for the initial meeting if you attend on your own or £130 plus vat if you attend together. After that, mediation sessions cost £150 plus vat per hour per person, a rate that is lower than most family lawyers.
For a free initial consultation call freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help you. We offer both fixed fees and flexible pricing for all family law services.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Halifax, Newcastle, Wakefield and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire.