Mediation as a way to resolve family disputes is now at the top of the Government's agenda to encourage couples to resolve their disputes rather than go through a costly drawn out court battle.
Changes in the law regarding mediation
As part of this drive on 22 April 2014 section 10 (1) of the Children and Families Act came into force. This provided that before a couple can apply to the court for any process relating to their children or their finances they must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a specially trained mediator approved by the Family Mediation Council. There are exceptions to this where for example there has been domestic violence.
We have specially trained mediators at Russell-Cooke who are accredited and approved by the Family Mediation Council to carry out such MIAMs.
Is mediation right for me?
If you are not planning to go to court and want to mediate we still see both of you individually - for a suitability meeting - to help you decide whether mediation would be best for you.
What is family mediation?
Family mediation helps you sort out your disputes about your children and your finances where you are separating. Our mediators will help you both find practical solutions that you both can live with.
What are the benefits?
- gives you both control over the outcome
- is less stressful than court
- improves your communication especially as parents
- is easier on your children
- is quicker and cheaper than court
- provides a summary of the outcome which can be made legally binding by the court
- can help you whether you have started court proceedings or not
- can help you both change any agreements later on if circumstances have changed
How we can help?
Our mediators have years of experience as mediators and as family and children lawyers. Therese Nichols and Fiona Read both trained in 1997 and Therese became a Resolution accredited mediator in 2001 and along with James Carroll is now accredited by the Family Mediation Council.
All discussions with our mediators are face to face and are confidential. We are also trained to see your children in mediation. This will give them a voice in the process if you both think this necessary and your children agree. We will also refer you to other support services if needed.
Visit Sorting Out Separation for additional information.
The Legal 500 ranks the team as tier 2 and states "few firms have such a strong offering and commitment across the board to ADR as Russell-Cooke" (2019).