Family Mediation - How It Works?
At Consilia Mediation we are accredited lawyer mediators through the Family Mediation Council and the Family Mediators Association. Our accredited mediators are highly experienced and offer an all issues family mediation service covering children and financial aspects consequent upon your separation. We provide family mediation services from our offices in Leeds and Harrogate. Where appropriate children can also be involved in the mediation process.
The Family Mediation Process
The family mediation process starts when we receive a referral from you, the other party or a solicitor acting on your behalf. You can make a referral by telephone calling us on 0113 322 9222 for our Leeds office or 01423 222 220 for our Harrogate office. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking here to complete our mediation referral form.
We will then arrange for you to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) appointment either via an online platform at our office in Leeds, Harrogate or London. At the MIAM, we explore whether mediation as a process can help you to resolve your dispute or any alternative options available to you. We can also assess whether you are eligible for our fee assistance scheme (25% reduction in fees) at the appointment.
If you or the other party decide not to proceed with mediation or the mediator assesses it as unsuitable, we will sign the C100 form (in children cases) or Form A (in finance cases), which is the Court form you would need in order to issue Court proceedings.
If you and the other party are willing and we agree that mediation can help you to resolve your dispute, we will set up a joint session. At the joint session, you and the other party will sit with the family mediator and explore options as to how you can reach important decisions for you and your family, whether in relation to children and/or financial matters.
Family mediation usually takes place over 2 -4 joint sessions depending upon the complexity of your situation and the issues to resolve between you. Mediation is not an alternative to legal advice and we suggest that you obtain legal advice whilst engaging in family mediation.
If you reach a consensus within family mediation, we will prepare a Memorandum of Understanding summarising the proposals reached which we send to you and to your solicitors (where applicable).