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Separation does not always have to be a confrontational affair. However, even in the most amicable separations, it can be difficult to agree on various issues with your former partner, including how to divide your finances and what arrangements you should make for your children.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which often proves to be a very efficient method of resolving any disagreements that may be getting in the way of you finalising your separation. It is also something our family law solicitors in Gloucester have specialist expertise in.
The mediation process focuses on helping you to make suitable arrangements for your future whilst also keeping and stress and conflict to a minimum. It is not a mandatory process, but it can be a far less contentious and expensive alternative to combative court proceedings.
It is also important to note that, if a case does proceed to court, you will normally be required to demonstrate that you have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to prove you have attempted to work through any disagreements.
Generally, mediation takes around 2-4 sessions. However, this is merely an estimate, as the time it takes to move through the process will depend on the complexity of the issues that need to be resolved, and how easy it is to negotiate with your former partner.
Clear advice to secure the best outcome
Our family mediation solicitors in Gloucester understand that the thought of starting the process can be an uncomfortable one. That’s why we will be available to support you through the process from start to finish, explaining what to expect at every stage and tailoring our advice to your specific circumstances.
At WSP Solicitors, our expert family mediation solicitors in Gloucester take a client-focused approach to ensure that you have all the support you need.
Members of our team belong to Resolution and hold accreditations as specialists in the Law Society Family Law and Children panels. This reflects our ability to advise on even the most challenging of issues.
In some cases, mediation may not be the most suitable option for your separation. In these situations, our Gloucester team may be able to support you with ‘Resolution Together’.
Resolution Together (also known as ‘One Solicitor, One Divorce’) allows our solicitors to provide legal representation to both you and your former partner on a joint basis. This can help to streamline the process and further reduce any potential conflict.
Contact our mediation solicitors in Gloucester
For a friendly discussion and to discuss your situation in more detail, get in contact with our mediation solicitors in Gloucester today. Our expert team will be able to answer any questions you might have about your separation and how mediation may be able to help you.
If you have any further questions, our mediation solicitors in Gloucester will be able to answer them – simply use our online enquiry form.
Our family mediation services in Gloucester
Preparation for family law mediation
Mediation is a less formal approach than court proceedings. Even still, it is important to ensure that the process follows a clear structure to ensure that it will be a success. This will often involve compiling as much information as possible before starting mediation so that you are aware of what lies ahead.
Our mediation solicitors in Gloucester can provide you with all the information you need prior to starting mediation, ensuring that you are sufficiently prepared. At this stage, we will also take the time to advise on the potential outcomes that could stem from mediation and how they may affect your relationship with your former partner.
During mediation sessions, we will be by your side to aid you in exploring and deliberating your choice, considering your own priorities, as well as your present and future needs.
Helping to finalise agreements made during family law mediation
Actions will need to be taken after the family mediation process has concluded. If mediation has been successful, your Gloucester mediator will provide a concluding document which details everything that has been agreed between you and your former partner. Where mediation has involved arrangements for children, this may include a parenting plan.
If mediation has been used to help you reach a financial agreement, a document known as a Memorandum of Understanding will be drafted which can later be converted into a Financial Consent Order. This will be binding on both parties.
Agreeing alternative actions to family mediation
Reaching an agreement via family mediation may not always be possible. If for any reason family mediation reason does not result in an agreement being reached, or you and your partner wish to end the process, our team will work alongside you to arrange an alternative solution.
Our mediation solicitors in Gloucester have experience in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as Collaborative Law and Resolution Together, both of which may be better suited to your circumstances.
Additionally, if the only available option is to pursue a formal legal route, our mediation solicitors in Gloucester will be able to offer guidance and robust representation for any court proceedings that follow.
Why choose WSP?
Our dedicated family mediation solicitors in Gloucester have substantial experience in using mediation to help solve the various issues that can come with family disputes. As such, we are well positioned to guide you through your case with compassion and a personalised approach.
We know that the challenges you are facing are likely to be unique, which is why we tailor our advice to you and your family. This means that we are able to provide a supportive environment that promotes constructive dialogue and resolution.
Our Gloucester mediation solicitors have a depth of legal expertise, as well as a deep understanding of the emotional aspects that can come with matters involving your family. We want to make sure that our clients are empowered to make informed decisions that will shape their family’s future.
WSP’s family mediation solicitors in Gloucester are available to provide skilled, empathetic and effective support that helps you to secure peaceful resolutions.
Contact our mediation solicitors in Gloucester
For a friendly and professional mediation service, get in touch with our mediation solicitors in Gloucester. Our team of expert solicitors will be available to answer any queries you may have about the process.
To get in touch, simply use our easy online enquiry form today.
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