Family mediation is a voluntary process by which couples in dispute, particularly those going through separation or divorce, are given help to deal with arrangements for their future.
It enables couples to negotiate their own private arrangements rather than put their decisions in the hands of the courts. By making this choice, couples can communicate better and this helps minimise conflict whilst ensuring that future arrangements are tailor-made to suit the needs of their own particular family.
A process in which experienced and qualified mediators help a couple reach joint decisions about one or more matters relating to their family matters. Mediation also aims to improve communication between the couple so that they are able to build an amicable relationship and resolve problems that may arise in the future without the need for external help. Very importantly, a mediator will help you to keep the needs of any children at the forefront of any negotiations and can also discuss how you talk to your children appropriately about the arrangements you reach.
Four key principles of the mediation process:
- It is voluntary
- The mediator is impartial
- It is confidential
- It is flexible and the decision making lies with you.
Juliet Walker, has been a Resolution accredited Family Solicitor for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of family law, particularly contested financial and children act cases, complex divorce cases including those with an international perspective. She also advises couples on prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. Juliet’s experience has included working for a leading London firm on complex financial cases, representing clients in our Armed Forces, also families and businesses in our rural communities, understanding their particular needs.