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Family / Divorce

Upon the breakdown of a marriage or cohabitation, there are important decisions to be made about the future, relating to arrangements for any children of the relationship, the family home and any other property, how to deal with assets and liabilities.  For example, there may be concerns over whether the family home will have to be sold, how joint debts are to be managed, or about the apportionment of pensions, savings or investments.

 

Family mediation gives participants the opportunity to discuss and consider all available options in a safe and neutral setting before reaching a final decision.  In mediation, you remain in control; no decisions will be imposed upon you.  Our Family Mediators are skilled in helping separating couples explore all options thoroughly, examining the advantages and disadvantages of each proposal.

 

Mediation dealing with property and/or finances proceeds on the basis that there is full and frank financial disclosure from each participant.  Financial disclosure is, in fact, required whichever route divorcing couples choose to take – mediation, negotiation through solicitors or litigation.  This is because the financial disclosure sets the context for discussions about your respective proposals.  You would not be able to determine whether or not a suggestion was fair unless all cards had been put on the table.

 

All points of agreement are noted in a Memorandum of Understanding or Statement of Outcome at the conclusion of the process.  A settlement agreed upon in mediation can be made legally binding as part of your divorce proceedings.

 

Mediation is far quicker and less expensive than litigation, particularly over financial issues.  Whilst participants are encouraged to obtain independent legal advice at certain points during the process, the use of a solicitor can be targeted, as particular points for advice will be identified during the mediation sessions, thus helping to keep legal bills to a minimum.

 

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN

 

When a relationship between parents breaks down, it is usually a priority to set up clear arrangements for the children involved.

 

Research has shown that children can be more adversely affected by uncertainty or by acrimony between their parents than by the fact of the separation itself.

 

Global Mediation can offer help with the following:

 

-          Where the children are to live;

-          How their time is to be shared between their parents;

-          How to explain to children about the changes to be made;

-          How to communicate effectively as separated parents;

-          Contact between the children and extended family members;

-          Child support.

 

Mediation generally helps to improve communication between parents, enabling them to go forward with a good ‘working’ parenting relationship for the future.

 

Parenting plans formulated by mutual consent, following full and frank discussion can help restore understanding and trust between parents and assist in moving them on emotionally as well as practically.

 

FAMILY CONFLICT

 

Sometimes relationships between family members break down and can be difficult to resolve.  Mediation offers the chance to meet in a neutral setting with an experienced, impartial mediator, enabling participants to examine their differences from all angles, helping them to find a mutually acceptable way forward.

Alternatively, for further information about our mediation services, phone 0800 064 4488.

 

Examples of cases mediated 

  • Family shipping business breakdown dispute over loans and guarantees given by individuals to other members of the family during the course of the business
  • Family property breakdown and dispute over ownership and distribution of assets
  • Conflicts within families as they continue to live together or work through arrangements to separate
  • A disagreement about inter-party share entitlements
  • A number regarding private school fees disputes
  • A number of disputes involving mortgage liability and contributions
  • A number of cases of assault, stalking and other acts of harassment
  • A number of disputes about divorce costs
  • Cases involving financial arrangements and contact issues, some involving extended family
  • Cases involving same sex relationship breakdowns
  • A number of disagreements between couples from different races and cultures
  • A case involving a conflict between a mother, father and the grandparents in relation to the rearing of the children
  • A party suffering from alcohol abuse where the power balance and their ability to look after their own interests was disputed.
  • A case involving a husband who had suffered a severe brain tumour, disabled with limited life expectancy had needs which had to be balanced against his wife’s own health problems
  • Cases involving young adults at risk of deliberate self-harm
  • Cases involving young adults being made homeless
  • A case involving a 16 year old male teenager in danger of being ejected from the family home because of his refusal to attend college and his unsocial behaviour at home
  • Cases involving divorced parents who are in dispute about child access arrangements
  • Dispute between family members (adult son/current partner of deceased) regarding Will and division of Estate
  • Family mediation between parent and teenager over issues of drug/alcohol abuse and involvement in youth justice system
  • Family mediation between co-habiting mother and adult child over conflict involving threats of violence
  • Dispute between former co-habitees and other family members over beneficial ownership of residential properties acquired during long-term partnership
  • Former co-habitees in dispute over beneficial ownership of jointly-owned residential property abroad
  • Dispute between family members arising from legal and equitable rights and interests in residential property

Mediators that specialise in Family / Divorce

Agada Elachi

Mediator

Agada is experienced in a wide range of mediations and his ability is enhanced and complimented by time spent on other areas of dispute resolution, including arbitration, negotiation and early neutral evaluation. His calm demeanour puts parties at ease, enabling positive dispute resolution.

Charles Horn

Mediator

With an outstanding settlement rate of over 90% from more than 500 mediations, Charles is an advanced negotiation expert with multi-faceted mediation experience. Rather than evaluative or directive, his style is holistically reactive to the needs of the parties and their interactions with others.

Cheryl Turner

Mediator

Cheryl is a highly experienced mediator with a transformational approach. She uses her skills to help parties in dispute to see the issues each side is facing as well as the emotional, financial or practical options available to them and then guides them towards a mutually acceptable settlement.

Ewan Malcolm

Mediator

An experienced mediator who has worked internationally, Ewan encourages co-operation in joint problem solving and uses a wide range of sophisticated mediation strategies to effect resolution. His courteous manner compliments his tenacity and patience with parties looking to find agreeable solutions.

Gareth Thompson

Mediator

Gareth creates trust and confidence with his ability to get parties to \"buy in\" to the mediation process and to take ownership and responsibility for generating a successful outcome. He deals confidently with multi-layered personal dynamics and is highly skilled in managing diverse, complex issues.

Grace Ong

Mediator

A barrister with expert-level experience of deconstructing issues and getting to the root of the matter, Grace combines impartiality with a calm yet firm manner. She has the ability to encourage parties to critically evaluate their positions and ease deadlock situations across all types of dispute.

Jane Elias

Mediator

Jane is a highly qualified and vastly experienced mediator who takes an authoritative yet empathetic approach, helping to facilitate communication between disputing parties. Her aim is to move clients from a position of confrontation to one of confidence, always looking for a win/win resolution.

Jane Gunn

Mediator

An internationally regarded mediator, Jane has a natural affinity with users of mediation and provides valuable insight and wisdom into how to identify and manage conflict before it escalates. She tests parties? positions using diplomacy skills and reality checking as encouragement to settle.

Jeremy Connell

Mediator

Jeremy successfully manages the mediation process through a combination of acute listening and subtle yet effective intervention. He has an ability to quickly establish a constructive rapport with both parties in dispute through building trust and an unwavering commitment to dispute resolution.

Julia Smart

Mediator

As a collaborative lawyer, Julia is highly experienced in facilitating clients looking to find resolution through negotiation and settlement. Her approach to mediation is flexible and she ensures both parties use diplomacy and open communication and explore all possible options for resolution.

Martha Monday

Mediator

Martha has extensive mediation experience, having been mediating on a regular basis since 1998. She practised simultaneously as a family law barrister for 16 years, but has recently resigned from the Bar to concentrate upon her mediation practice, preferring the investigative, empowering and non-adversarial approach offered by this process of dispute resolution. Assisted by her honed listening and negotiation skills, she has an exceptional track record of successful mediations. Martha conveys a degree of empathy, whilst remaining alert to the needs of all parties to find fair, practical solutions

Richard Watkins

Mediator

A highly skilled mediator who takes a diplomatic approach to sensitive situations and has the skills to mediate challenging cases that have sensitive or pressured time constraints. By maintaining a sense of calm through the process, both parties can find an agreeable resolution to their dispute.

Roy Poyntz

Mediator

Roy is a highly qualified mediator and business leader who quickly builds rapport with parties. He is experienced in solution-focused as well as relational repair mediation styles and seeks to put parties in control and engage them as experts while maintain a relaxed sense of humour and humanity.

Sally Ruthen

Mediator

With legal and psychological experience, Sally is a reputable and successful mediator who approaches each case with versatility and confidence. She quickly appreciates the issues, needs and interests of both parties and projects a positive outlook enabling them to settle their disputes fairly.

Sally Thompson

Mediator

Sally is a practising barrister who is highly coveted for her ability to achieve creative settlements in the most challenging of cases. Her approach is flexible and tailored to the individual requirements of each mediation and she looks for principled solutions to move towards a lasting resolution.

Tracy Smith

Mediator

A compassionate and highly experienced mediator, Tracy's expertise is enhanced by her training in Psychology and her background in counselling. Committed to a solution-focused approach, she understands conflict and provides parties in dispute with a supportive platform for successful mediations.