24 March 2015
Separating doesn’t Need to be Expensive
Financial worries and the stress of paying for everything will be one of the worries foremost in the minds of couples separating.
Suddenly they may find that one of them needs to move out of the family home and fund the cost of alternative housing usually renting not to mention more bills.
Finding the money to pay for solicitors bills may not always be possible and with the cut backs in legal aid many couples find that they simply can’t afford a solicitor.
Mediation can provide a more affordable means of resolving disputes over property and arrangements for children. The process normally involves a series of meetings between the separating couple and the mediator who is a legally qualified independent. The mediator will try to help them reach an agreement that they both feel comfortable with.
In most family cases before starting court proceedings it is now compulsory to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to find out if mediation is suitable.
At Slater and Gordon in Milton Keynes Tara Deegan our 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 solicitor for 21 years so brings years of experience to her role as family mediator. Tara can also offer mediation from our offices in Cambridge and London.
For further information about our Family Mediation services in Milton Keynes contact Tara for a free initial consultation. Charges are then £89 plus vat each or £130 plus vat per couple for the first Mediation Information Assessment Meeting. Thereafter mediation sessions cost £150 plus vat per hour each plus an admin fee of £75 plus vat each for drawing up the minutes. A final fee of £150 plus vat each is applicable for preparing the final documentation, known as the summaries.
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.