Mediation

 

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential, impartial process by which separating couples are helped to resolve their differences themselves with the aid of a trained mediator.  It is not counselling or concilliation -the aim is to assist you in reaching decisions that need to be made at the end of relationships.  

All discussions in mediation are undertaken on a "without prejudice" basis which means that you are free to explore all options, no matter how "outside the box" to test whether they will work for you into the future in reality.  If mediation is concerning financial matters on divorce then you will each complete a financial disclosure form so that discussions take place in the full knowledge of the financial position.  The aim of mediation is that by the end you will have a document setting out your proposals for the future.

Mediation takes place face to face by a series of meetings, typically 3-5 1.5 hour sessions although the process is tailored to your specific needs so could be more or less.  The work undertaken is transparent and you can see the progress being made for yourselves.  We will work with you to assist you in coming to your own decisions to resolve matters.

The advantage of mediation with Purcell is that Lisa is an experienced family solicitor.  Whilst Lisa will not give either of you legal advice, and you will be encouraged to take your own specific legal advice as you feel appropriate, she will provide you both with neutral legal information as to the way the family court would be likely to approach your matter which can be invaluable in unlocking a way forward for the future.

Mediation can help couples at any time, whether before or after separation and whether or not legal proceedings have begun.

Please contact Lisa Buckridge on 01908 693000 or lisa@purcellsolicitors.co.uk for further information and referral forms.

If you are a solicitor who would like to refer a client to me or you would like to refer yourself to mediation you can complete our mediation referral form here - online or by downloading, completing and emailing the pdf.

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