09 March 2015
Family Mediation comes to Coronation Street
The longest running British television soap, Corrie has been on our screens since 1960 and is regularly praised for its big soap dramas. Currently one of its story lines focuses on the lives of David and Callum who are fighting over the child Max and who he should live with.
David has brought Max up as his own, but he has very little rights to the child, which is known as Parental Responsibility, because Callum is named as his father on the birth certificate. Callum is now fighting for Max to live with him. As Kylie, Max’s mum, is now out of the picture after David sent her packing, he has been looking after the children by himself. Callum and David attend their first Family Mediation session in an attempt to discuss who Max should live with but Callum loses his temper in front of the mediator and David is quietly pleased.
It’s great to see the script writers being up-to-date with current family law and for viewers to see the benefits of Family Mediation especially in disputes about children and the level of emotions sometimes experienced.
Family Mediation is an alternative to Family Court proceedings for couples and family members to resolve their disputes about property and their children following divorce or separation and the mediator can help the parties to communicate.
In any event before starting Court proceedings it is now compulsory to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (except in certain exceptional circumstances) to find out if mediation is suitable and the best way forward.
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Milton Keynes, Tara Deegan our Family Solicitor Mediator is trained to offer MIAM meetings and can offer appointments at short notice at our offices in Central Milton Keynes. Tara is not only trained as a mediator but has been a Family and Divorce Solicitor for 21 years so brings years of experience to her role as family mediator.
It will usually take a series of meetings between the parties and the mediator. Throughout the process they work with the mediator, to help them both reach an agreement that they both feel comfortable with. Mediation gives the couple a degree of control over the speed and cost and is invariably quicker and less expensive.
For further information about our Family Mediation services in Milton Keynes Tara is available to discuss any initial enquiry over the telephone at no charge and then charges £89 plus vat each or £130 plus vat per couple for the first Mediation Information Assessment Meeting meeting. Thereafter mediation sessions costs £150 plus vat per person a rate that is lower than most family lawyers. As mediation involves direct meetings and discussions the costs remain low as compared to instructing a solicitor and the process can sometimes reach a resolution after a few weeks.
Outside of the Milton Keynes area please call freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.
Slater and Gordon have the largest team of Family Lawyers in the country and offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Merseyside, Bristol, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield, Derby, Cambridge and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire and in Hull, Yorkshire.