About Family Mediation
Why Choose Mediation?
• It is a cost-effective way to resolve disputes.
• It promotes positive communication between you and can help to reduce tension, anger and misunderstanding.
• It focuses on fair solutions. You stay in control of the decision-making.
• It is more likely to produce lasting agreements and create better outcomes for children than court-imposed decisions.
You can refer yourself directly or via your solicitor, by completing our referral form.
However you contact us, you can be assured that you will get straight through to one of our mediators and your conversation will be confidential. Our mediator will then arrange for you to attend an initial meeting at the earliest possible time convenient to you.
Initial meetings are usually attended separately. In this meeting, we will give you information about mediation and will ask you some questions so we can work out together whether mediation is suitable for you. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process. There is no pressure on you to proceed if you don’t wish to.
If you, the other party and the mediator feel it is right for you, you will then move forward to mediation. Family Mediation North East mediators are trained to manage conflict and to ensure an environment that encourages each of you to contribute equally. You may be distressed, angry or in financial crisis; where appropriate we can signpost you to further help from the right support services.
Family Mediation North East provides mediation in all family issues, including property and finance and arrangements for children. Children’s views will be taken into account, usually by parents representing their needs, wishes and feelings. We are able to offer confidential Child Consultation meetings in cases where parents agree this is right for their children.
Mediation is not an alternative to having legal advice. You will be encouraged to seek advice from your solicitor at appropriate stages; in particular, you will need to seek advice about making legally binding agreements. However, the legal costs are significantly reduced where families have been able to resolve their own disputes through mediation and if you qualify for legal aid for family mediation you can get help to cover the cost of some legal advice too.