We can provide and help you with the form you will need to enable you to apply to the Court (form FM1).
We also offer legally aided mediation, subject to your financial circumstances. If you are eligible for legal aid then mediation will be free.
Family Mediation is a process of dispute resolution within Family proceedings in which an impartial mediator assists Parties involved in family breakdown, explore issues and any concerns that they have with a view to reaching their own joint decisions. Mediation encourages couples to consider their future relationships particularly in cases in which children are involved. There are four very important principles of mediation:
- Mediation is a voluntary process
- Mediators are impartial
- Decision making rests with the participants
- Mediation is confidential with the exception of cases involving concerns for child protection.
Mediation can cover a number of areas including arrangements for divorce, separation, children, finance and property, non confrontational discussion regarding pre-nuptial agreements. Establishing children’s wishes and feelings. Mediators do not offer counselling or legal advice.
Participants will discuss any arrangements that have been agreed in the mediation with their own Solicitors who will then be involved in the implementation of any arrangements or agreements including the preparation of Court Orders.
Our Partner Kate Taylor is head of mediation within the Family Department. Kate can be contacted at [email protected] or by completing the referral form on the tab above. Kate is an accredited Family Mediation Council Mediator and as such can sign off family court applications as appropriate.
Free mediation session available for separating couples from 3 November
A free mediation session for both people involved in a separation or divorce, funded by the government, will be available from 3 November 2014. The session will be free provided one person qualifies for legal aid. Previously only the legally aided person was entitled to have the session for free, and the other person had to pay. For further information click here.
Fisher Jones Greenwood offers both legally aided and privately funded mediation services. Contact Kate Taylor Head of Fisher Jones Greenwood Family Mediation on 01206 835320 or [email protected]
With offices in London, Colchester, Chelmsford, Billericay, Clacton-on-Sea and Holland-on-Sea, Fisher Jones Greenwood is ideally positioned to serve clients throughout Essex and Central London.
Mediation is most usually an indirect aid to children. Mediators work with couples, assisting them to look at their needs, futures and two individuals who will remain parents to their children.
Mediators assist couples to focus on the arrangements they wish to make, particularly for their children, rather than the battles they have had in the past or are having about the ending of their own relationship.
Mediators help parents to focus on their own ‘expertise’ as far as their children are concerned and to look at the children’s needs in their new family arrangement.
Mediators can give information to parents about some of the effects of separation and divorce for children, and can assist in informing parents of the most appropriate support groups or other local referral sources for expert help – if that is what is needed – for children.
Children are only ever consulted as part of the mediation process with the greatest of care and with the permission of all parties.
Mediation can assist couples at the point of breakdown of their relationship to consider their options and make arrangements they can live with for their separate lives – particularly if children are involved. It can aid parents to make, and when necessary or appropriate, to review arrangements for their children, reflecting the changing needs of both parents and children.
Comprehensive mediation helps couples to look at financial arrangements including decisions about property.
It provides an opportunity to resolve problems associated with divorce or separation or any family difficulties in a fair and dignified way, taking careful account of the needs of everyone involved including the children.
Mediators do not offer counselling or legal advice.
Couples are advised to take their proposals to their personal Lawyers and most Mediators/Mediation Services will provide some form of summary of outcome to personal Lawyers – with the agreement of both.
Mediation can be used to resolve any dispute between family members, such as:
- Wills and Probate / Inheritance disputes
- Family businesses and Partnerships see Commercial Law
- Personal Injury claims
- Any other family dispute
For further details about disputes that can be resolved through mediation, please contact our us on 01206 835320 or email Kate Taylor at [email protected]