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    Our family mediation service can help separating couples resolve disputes without having to go to court. The process empowers former partners to negotiate arrangements for children, finances and property, with the help of a professional, impartial mediator.

    Family mediation can help you take control

    Family mediation is a cost-effective method of resolving issues such as financial settlements on divorce and sorting out the arrangements for your children.

    Our accredited family mediator, Liz Morris, encourages participants to have an open and honest conversation with a view to finding realistic and practical solutions. Mediation is all about communication: if two people can understand each other’s concerns and goals, and feel that they have been heard, often a solution can be found.

    Family mediation Hull- Elizabeth Morris
    Liz Morris is an accredited family mediator based at Hamers Solicitors in Hull
    Mediation can also help a separated couple to communicate more effectively in the future, which is of paramount importance when children are involved. Following a successful mediation, a formal agreement can be drawn up and, where necessary, incorporated into a legally binding court order.
    The entire process is far quicker than going through court proceedings and supports a collaborative approach rather than an adversarial one. Our family mediation service empowers participants to make joint decisions on the issues that concern them, rather than handing over control to a judge.
    For people on a low income, legal aid is available to cover to the cost of family mediation. Visit the government’s legal aid page to find out if you are eligible. For those who do not qualify for legal aid, we offer family mediation on a fixed-fee basis.
    We also offer family mediation meetings by video call, which allows everyone to see each other from the comfort of their homes and means distance is no longer an issue.

    If you believe mediation may be able to help you, we can arrange a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM). Call us today on 01482 326666 or click here to download our mediation referral form.

    Liz Morris is accredited by the Law Society and the Family Mediation Council, and is a member of Resolution.org.uk

    The role of a mediator

    The mediator will assess you to see if you and your ex-partner are suitable candidates for mediation. The mediator will consider the nature of any dispute between you, and in particular whether mediation can occur without either of you feeling threatened in any way.

    Mediators are in charge of the process and provide a structure for conversation to help participants talk, listen and think. They will listen attentively to all participants and will remain impartial. Mediators have no stake in the conflict and do not advocate for one party’s benefit. They are there to assist all participants to reach an agreement that satisfies everyone. Mediation can offer the following benefits:

    • Saves on costs
    • Less acrimonious
    • Quicker than other methods of dispute resolution
    • Can improve communication and future relations
    • Can be conducted on a “shuttle” basis if required
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    What are the benefits of mediation?

    Mediation allows the participants to remain in control and empowers them to make joint decisions on the issues that concern them, rather than handing over the control / power to a judge who doesn’t know them (or their children).

    Mediation gives the participants an opportunity to fix the problem. They can tell each other their frustrations and hurts, work through any misunderstandings, express regret and ask for what they need from the other person. They can talk about any issue that concerns them and are not restricted to discussing the official complaint – which is often the case in court proceedings.

    An agreement that is reached by participants willingly, is often more likely to be adhered to than an order that is imposed upon them. Mediation works best when participants actively engage in the process and genuinely want to resolve their difficulties. They realise that going to court to resolve their conflict could have costly consequences and are willing to cooperate with one another to find a solution. Mediation also works best when participants are capable of making plans and keeping promises.

    Call us today on: 01482 326666.

    What kind of agreements can be reached?

    In relation to money and property issues, mediators can help both of you understand your financial positions. The mediator will help you consider all of the options available to you and attempt to help you reach a financial settlement after considering each of your circumstances and needs. The mediator will also help you to consider the children’s financial needs.

    In relation to child arrangements, the mediator can help both of you discuss your children’s needs and express any concerns in relation to their upbringing. The mediation process may also assist to establish the housing arrangements for the children and the children’s contact between the parent who does not have day to day care of the children.

    Call us today on: 01482 326666.

    Ongoing legal advice

    You will be encouraged to take legal advice throughout the process as and when required and it is very important that you do so before finalising any financial agreement. You will not be pressured into reaching an agreement in mediation and any agreement is subject to legal advice.

    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Will I have to pay for mediation?

    You will be assessed to see if you are eligible for “Approved Family Help: Help with Mediation”. If you qualify then the Legal Aid Agency will fund your costs for mediation. If you do not qualify we will provide you with full details of our fixed fees. There is currently a government backed “Family Mediation Voucher Scheme” for child related mediations. However, it is not known how long this scheme will run for. We can inform you of the current position during your Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM).

    Call us today on: 01482 326666.

    How long will mediation take?

    It is difficult to set out a timetable for each individual case. Each session lasts approximately one and a half hours and most cases require two or three sessions. You will be asked at the end of each session if you wish to have another meeting. If you have complicated financial matters to sort out, you may need at least three or four sessions.

    Call us today on: 01482 326666.

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