- Is less stressful than going through the court, especially for children.
- Is cheaper than going through a long drawn-out Court battle.
- Follows the parties’ pace rather than a Court timetable.
- Helps to reach proposals which are more likely to last and agreements made in mediation can be made legally binding by a court
- Is confidential.
Family Mediation at Goodlaw Mediation Service is undertaken under the Family Mediation Code of Practice of Resolution, usually by a sole Mediator but where appropriate with a co-mediator, who may be a professional with experience in marital and family work. In either event this provides a supportive professional forum in which parties can be helped to deal with all issues arising on relationship breakdown. This includes for example the practicalities of separation, breakup of a civil partnership, finance and arrangements for the children.
Mediation is undertaken with the parties together, either in the same room or in the same building. In all cases parties will not be required to reach any complete and binding agreement in the mediation without having had the opportunity to review matters with their own Solicitors. Summaries of the financial information and of the settlement proposals will be furnished to the parties for the purpose of independent legal advice.
Jane Wells is a Mediators and Family Law Specialist. Jane is an admitted Solicitor who has specialised in Family Law for more than 20 years. Jane is a member of The Law Society’s Children Law Panel and is a fully accredited family mediator with Resolution and a professional practice consultant. Our service is subject to Legal Aid Agency (legal aid) quality controls and audits, complying with the relevant requirements concerning quality of service. Goodlaw are willing to accept referrals through Solicitors, other agencies or directly from clients. If you wish to make a referral or require further information please contact Jane Wells.