What is Mediation?

Family Mediation is a process by which separating parties seek to reach an agreement about their children, finances and property. The parties discuss these issues in the presence of a trained independent third party – the Mediator.

A Mediator is independent and a Mediator helps the parties to:-

  • Find practical solutions
  • Make things work
  • Reach joint decisions
  • Focus on the needs and feelings of the children

Mediators will help you work out what happens after you split up. They will not try to get you and your ex-partner back together.

A Guide to Our Mediation Services

Family Solicitors in Brighton, Hove, Hassocks & Farnham

Do you need family law advice? Contact GoodLaw Solicitors LLP in Sussex and Surrey.
SUSSEX: 01273 956 270 | SURREY: 01252 471 211

Jane Wells Explains the Benefits of Mediation

The Benefits of Mediation: A Summary

  • 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.

Mediation Procedure

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 from relationship breakdown. This includes for example the practicalities of separation, the 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.

Read our resource on frequently asked questions on mediation for further information.

Our Mediators

Jane Wells is a Mediator 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 (PPC). Jane undertakes both children and matrimonial mediation and can also undertake Child Inclusive Mediation.

Emma Taylor is a Partner and Mediator and specialises in mediation concerning children matters. Malvina Peci is an Associate and Mediator and specialises in mediation concerning financial matters. Both Emma and Malvina are supervised in their mediation practice by Jane Wells as their PPC.

GoodLaw Solicitors offers both private and legally aided mediation. Our service is subject to Legal Aid Agency (legal aid) quality controls and audits, complying with the relevant requirements concerning quality of service. Goodlaw is 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 [email protected]

Our Family Law Team

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