What is Family Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary process for people who are looking for an alternative way to resolve the issues that arise when families separate.
It’s an opportunity to talk in a safe and neutral environment with a qualified mediator present. The aim is to help people find solutions that meet the needs of all members of the family without “winners” or “losers”.
Why Choose Oliver Fisher?
Our mediators Jo Shortland and Glynne Davies between them have a wealth of experience in all aspects of family mediation. Jo is a partner here at Oliver Fisher Solicitors; she is a member of Resolution, a collaborative lawyer and a family mediator. Glynne is fully accredited by the Family Mediation Council and the LSC, and a member of the College of Mediators Professional Standards Committee. Jo and Glynne co-work your mediation sessions, combining their skills to provide you with the best possible service.
What Can We Talk About?
Is The Process Confidential?
What you say in mediation is normally confidential, the exceptions being any disclosure relating to Child Protection or Proceeds of Crime. Mediation is also legally privileged; that means you are free to discuss options without them being used in court if mediation breaks down. This privilege does not extend to financial information that you provide as part of the process.
What If I am Scared of My Partner?
The mediator has a duty to make sure that all parties feel safe before deciding whether mediation is suitable. She will discuss your concerns with you in confidence. There are safeguards that can be put in place (for example, mediation can take place with you in separate rooms), but ultimately if mediation cannot be made safe it will not go ahead.
Do I Still Need a Solicitor?
Mediators can give you general information about the way the law works. However, they cannot give you individual legal advice. Mediation works best when each party has access to a solicitor in the background to provide advice and support throughout the process.
How Long Does it Take?
Mediation generally lasts for 1 – 2 sessions for children’s issues, or between 3 – 6 sessions where property and finances need to be discussed. On average each session lasts an hour and a half.
How Much Will it Cost?
If you are eligible for public funding, mediation will be free of charge. Your solicitor can refer you to us under the Funding Code, and we will do an assessment for you at a free information meeting. If you are not eligible for public funding, our fees are £150 for a MIAMS/FM1 meeting, and £275 per hour for mediation co worked by Glynne and Jo.
How Can I Find Out More?