What is mediation?
Mediation is the process by which couples or other family members seek to reach an agreement about matters important to them with regards a relationship breakdown, in the presence of a trained neutral party – the Mediator.
Mediators do not make decisions. Their role is to help couples co-operate, resolve conflict, reach joint decisions – and most importantly to focus on the needs and feelings of the children. Mediation is not reconciliation or counselling.
What is a MIAM?
MIAM stands for Mediation Information and Assessment meeting, and is required before issuing proceedings in relation to making a Children Act or Financial Remedy application. Ann Davies is a qualified MIAM provider and her assistant Julia McGuigan can explain the process in more detail.
The first meeting with a mediator gives you the chance to find out how mediation works. Mediators are trained to work out with you whether mediation is right for you and your family. They will also discuss how many sessions you may need, how much they will cost and the mediator can also give you information about other services that provide help and support and any other options which may be available to you to resolve things.
The other person involved is also expected to attend a MIAM, but they don't have to go to the same meeting as you. Our fee for a MIAM is £100 + VAT per person.
Victoria House Family Mediation
Details of the service and pricing can be found here: Victoria House Family Mediation.
If you are a solicitor looking to refer a mediation enquiry, please complete this form and return it to Julia.
Victoria House Family Mediation is a service provided by Lamb Brooks solicitors which helps you as a couple deal with any or all of the issues resulting from the breakdown of your relationship including:-
- Arrangements for children
- Financial support
- Housing needs
- Division of capital and property
- Consideration of pensions
Mediation can help you reach a long lasting settlement that is fair to both of you and yet can avoid or reduce the risk of high legal costs.
You will initially be seen by a Mediator separately so that you can both be satisfied that mediation is right for you. If so up to five subsequent sessions can follow, depending on the complexity of the issues to be discussed. Usually the day to day care arrangements of the children will be considered at the first session along with any other pressing issues. After that the finances are considered. This will involve information and documents being gathered together in an open and co-operative atmosphere in the hope that you can find a solution that suits you both.
Ann Davies is the principal Mediator at Lamb Brooks. Ann has been specialising in family law for nearly 30 years. She remains an active part of the family team whilst also heading up the mediation practice. She became a partner in 1989 and a managing partner of the firm in 2008. Ann is dedicated to finding a fair solution for the family, and is also trained in collaborative law to assist with this outcome.
Benefits of mediation
- Can be cheaper the using the Court
- Can help clarify and minimise the areas of conflict
- Can be quicker than using the court
- Can be better for the children
- Lessens the stress of the relationship breakdown, and tries to keep couples talking and working together
- Can be used by other family members – such as grandparents
- Focuses on the future and not the past
- Can result in an agreement that the couple is happy with, rather than having a solution imposed by the Court
- Is confidential
- Is voluntary
For more information contact us today, or phone Julia McGuigan direct, who will be able to assist you. Information will be required from you before the process can start - please complete this form and return it to Julia.
If you are a solicitor looking to refer a case to Ann, please complete this form and return it to Julia.