The family mediation process helps you to explore finding solutions to all issues surrounding separation and divorce in a constructive and supportive way.
Mediations are held in a safe environment; with choice, impartiality, confidentiality & decision making to you both, rather than an outcome imposed on you by a Judge, who doesn’t know you or your family. Family mediation is also cheaper and quicker than the court process.
COVID-19: Family Mediation available remotely
The mediation process is still open to those seeking resolution of separation and divorce issues.
How does remote mediation work?
Our team of mediators at Osbornes Law will use Zoom which will allow the mediator to bring people together in a virtual meeting room and/or speak to you individually in separate rooms. Only the participants to the mediation and those who have signed an agreement to mediate will be present.
What technology do you need?
Any device can be used – a computer tablet, smartphone. What is important is a reliable internet connection. This can be tested beforehand https://zoom.us/test
To explore this route, please call for a confidential discussion on 020 7485 8811 or email our Family Mediation Team
Lisa Pepper, Bridget Thompson and Andrew Watson are members of the Family Mediation Council (FMC). The FMC is a not for profit organisation that maintains a professional register of family mediators. All FMC Registered Mediators are trained to the Councils set standard and follow the FMC’s Code of Practice.
Family mediation sessions – what should I expect?
Mediation is where you and your partner will have meetings with a Mediator to discuss whatever aspects of your case you cannot agree on: whether that is financial arrangements, care of the children or both. The negotiations are Without Prejudice. This allows you both to make proposals, discuss options and offer compromises without the fear that these suggestions will be repeated in Court, should you be unable to reach agreement. Having said that, when discussing matters concerning children, such negotiations are never Without Prejudice.
In our role as Mediators we are neutral and we will not take sides. We are there to facilitate discussions. Generally Mediators cannot give advice to either of you. They will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice during the mediation process. However, as Resolution trained lawyer mediators we can provide general legal information to both of you within the mediation if this is appropriate.
When should family mediation be used?
- Where the parties have a genuine desire to settle their dispute
- Where the parties are likely to remain in contact with each other after the dispute is resolved.
Our family mediators
- Five of our leading family partners – Bridget Thompson, Lisa Pepper, Andrew Watson, Martin Ross and Mark Freedman are Resolution Trained Lawyer Mediators
- Bridget Thompson, Head of Family Law, is also trained to handle child inclusive mediation expert. These involve children meeting independently with our specially trained mediator to enable them to voice any concerns they may have; identify what is important to them and help parents with the development of arrangements that meet the specific needs of their children.
- Bridget and Lisa Pepper are also able to conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).
- David Leadercramer is a qualified Arbitrator.
Our mediators charge £400 (plus VAT) for a one and a half hour session.
Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
It is compulsory for the majority of couples seeking a divorce or separation to attend a MIAM, the aim of which is to ascertain whether mediation is appropriate in your circumstances.
At a MIAM, Bridget or Lisa will speak to you briefly about the process to ensure you understand how it works. They will then contact your partner and have the same conversation with them. Sometimes this is face to face and sometimes on the telephone. If your partner refuses to engage with the discussion, or tells us they do not wish to mediate, we can then sign your Application to commence the court process.
Bridget and Lisa charge £250+ VAT for a MIAM.
Mediation is a unique process for our clients who jointly instruct the mediator. For this reason, please do not spend time completing our on-line enquiry form, call us and our divorce mediation team will guide you and discuss your situation. Call 020 7485 8811 for a confidential chat.
Alternatively, you may have already decided that mediation is your chosen route to find resolution. Before we can begin the process we require preliminary information from you. Please complete the Mediation Information Form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org . On receipt of your form, a mediator will call you within 48 hours to start the process.