At Paul J Watson, Family Law Solicitors in Middlesbrough, we believe that disputing parties in family law matters should be encouraged to resolve problems amicably, rather than proceeding to Court immediately, if at all possible. This avoids the stress and the expense of prolonged court proceedings for our clients.
The new Family Proceedings Rules were introduced on 6th April 2011. The rules reform the existing procedures for Family Law.
One of the main introductions contained within the rules is the inclusion of compulsory mediation within divorce proceedings. This means that all separating and divorcing couples will be referred to mediation to try and settle matters before being allowed to make an application to the court. Continue Reading
A Mediator is an independent person who will help disputing parties to try and reach resolution. A mediator will meet with you and the other party, identify those issues you can’t agree on and help you to try and reach agreement. Mediators are neutral and will not take sides in any dispute.
Not everyone is ready for family mediation at the same stage in separating, so the mediator needs to find out whether it is suitable for both of you. This is often done at an assessment and information meeting, when any concerns and questions you might have can be addressed. The mediator will also check eligibility for free publicly funded mediation and explain charges if you are not eligible.
Mediation is not suitable for all cases and agreement will not always be reached. The individual circumstances of every case will need to be addressed to decide how to proceed if mediation is not suitable, or fails to reach an agreement.
No, mediation can be used for the majority of cases where a dispute arises between families. Mediation is often a successful service for discussing matters in relation to children or organising contact and residence. Mediation can be assessed in every circumstance to see whether it would be a suitable way to resolve a disagreement.
Mediation is not a means of attempting reconciliation. There are organisations available to assist when parties wish to receive professional help to reconcile. Referrals to such organisations can be considered and information provided as required.
Our Middlesbrough Solicitors in Children Law explain;-
When do Social Services become involved in private child law cases?
Social services, known as ‘Children’s Services’ or alternatively, the local authority, will sometimes become involved in a child residence or child contact case. This is usually in place of CAFCASS. Continue Reading