Family Mediation

Family Mediation Explained

Family Mediation is a process of resolving legal issues, often in divorce, in a non-adversarial way. The process provides you with an opportunity to negotiate your own settlement on the assumption that the decision to separate and/or divorce has already been made.

It is a civilised, cost effective and dignified alternative to what can often be extremely stressful and highly expensive, contested divorce proceedings, litigated via the Family court.

Nobody wants to lose a job or a marriage, but there may be situations where it becomes inevitable.

Resolution Accredited Mediators

Family Mediation can be carried out extremely efficiently by non lawyer mediators, particularly where it does not involve particularly complicated financial assets. The Resolution code is however strict in ensuring solicitors comply with non adversarial methods whether engaging in mediation or any other form of family dispute.

 We believe this provides us with a unique insight at absolute mediation, in dealing with matters initially in a practical and conciliatory manner.

There is commonly held misconception that Family Mediation embraces marriage guidance counselling, and is aimed at saving or preserving relationships, which is actually incorrect. For this reason alone, we provide you with two filmed examples of actors engaging in dramatic representation of mediation and or explaining common experiences of those who have gone through the mediation process.. 

We hope this makes it easier and simpler to understand the process of what mediation actually seeks to achieve, in terms of actually resolving the legal problems and allowing an opportunity to move forward.

In mediation, couples are helped to look for their own solution to their disputes and both can attend with our Family Mediator, to agree their own decisions as to how matters concerning the family assets and liabilities are best practically resolved.

Family Mediation also deals with all decision making concerning welfare and all major decisions affecting the upbringing of young children. Aside from being friendly and cost effective, it is a lot easier for your children to cope with a divorce or relationship ending when their parents, are able to work together, to reach agreement in the best interests of the Family.

  It does though need to be clarified that Family Mediation will never be appropriate where there has been any history of domestic violence, bullying ,abuse, extreme manipulation, or blatant dishonesty.

 It requires the couple to work together in an open, fair minded, honest environment so realistically will have little prospect of achieving a good outcome, where there has been an acrimonious history or indeed inability to trust or indeed one party holds a genuine fear of the estranged partner.

   You should also remember that the choice you make of a family mediator may have huge ultimate implications.

Therapists and counsellors may provide great therapeutic relief in discussing the anguish and distress surrounding a breakdown of a marriage. They might deal with sensitive issues concerning parenting and explore the psychotherapy of why things broke down and indeed what it all signifies.

No one would suggest it is cost effective for a trial lawyer to deal with the emotional side of the breakdown or that they have those therapeutic skills, but by the same token, the therapist should not be involved as a mediator in a large asset case where there could be vast, often highly, financially sophisticated documents, which will be of great importance.

     It is also a fact of life, that wealthy ex partners sometimes chose the mediation vehicle with the intention of failing to properly disclose their financial assets, particularly where these assets are not already known t the other party.

 Your choice in instructing a family mediator needs to be well researched, particularly if your breakdown involves complex or indeed substantial financial assets and where full financial disclosure will be of paramount importance.

 We have vast experience in dealing with High Value Cases, whether carrying out mediation, or formally advising on the mediation process between ongoing sessions, and ensuring anything you may wish to agree on, is fully reality tested with you first.

We are based in Churchill Way in Cardiff and can offer a comfortable suite of offices and all appropriate facilities.

 If you require our support to ensure you achieve a very positive outcome, with ideally the minimum of stress and anxiety, Email us your personal inquiry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or request more information about our services or indeed arrange an initial consultation.