Mediation offers couples the chance to resolve financial and child agreements without the stress and expense of going to Court.
Mediation is designed to help separating couples resolve their financial and children disputes without going to court.
The Mediator’s role is to help the couple have a constructive discussion about the issues facing the family. The Mediator is entirely independent and does not take sides. The Mediator helps the couple explore the options available so that the couple can reach an agreement that they both think is fair.
You can watch this short video by the Ministry of Justice, which contains a short guide to family mediation.
The first step is for the couple to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. This meeting enables the couple to find out more information about the mediation process and enables the Mediator to find out a bit about the issues in dispute. The Mediator will talk about costs and how the mediation can be funded. At the end of the meeting the Mediator and the couple will assess whether they think mediation is suitable or not.
If everyone feels it is suitable then the couple will start attending mediation sessions which usually last up to two hours at a time. How many sessions will depend upon the number and complexity of the issues involved but most mediations are concluded within four sessions.
Any agreement reached will be recorded in a document known as a Memorandum of Understanding which is signed by the couple.
Ashlie is an experienced accredited mediator with the Family Mediation Council. She is highly regarded amongst both local and national family solicitors, mediators, barristers and judges.
She is one of only a handful of Mediators in the country to obtain accreditation within the two year time frame of training. Ashlie is also trained to speak to children in mediation should this be appropriate.
*PLEASE NOTE: Legal aid is available for mediation for those who are financially eligible