One of the most difficult issues that many divorcing or separating parents face is agreeing what parenting patterns will best suit their children whilst, at the same time, providing them with the opportunity to remain as fully involved in their children's lives as possible.
Although it is possible to ask the family courts to resolve any disputes that arise, most parents who enter the court process find that it is often a long and expensive one that increases hostility and reduces the potential for the kind of collaborative parenting arrangements that work best for children.
Mediation is an affordable, effective and confidential alternative to the court process that empowers parents to make agreements that work best for their families. Rather than having a court impose a solution, parents, themselves, take control of the decision making process with the support of a neutral third party; the mediator.
Our reputation as experts in child focussed working offers you the opportunity to find a solution that avoids the lengthy, expensive and, often, frustrating court process whilst ensuring that you reach agreements that truly benefit your children.
Using a Therapeutic Family Mediation (TFM) model, we don't simply work with you to reach a negotiated settlement, we work to assist you in building new and sustainable ways to communicate and resolve conflict, for yourselves, in the future.
TFM often looks at wider aspects of the relationship between the parties and how that may have contributed to the dispute. It also explores the past and current circumstances with a particular focus on outcomes for children.
Therapeutic Family Mediation:
We begin the mediation process by working, individually, with each parent to understand their experiences and feelings and to discuss their aspirations, both in relation to settlement of the current dispute and to the longer term parenting relationship.
Having assessed, with you, the potential for reaching a settlement we will begin the process of mediation. This will happen either in joint sessions or individually, whichever is the most suitable.
We offer individual, hour long appointments by Skype or telephone at a cost of £70.00 (plus VAT) per session or face-to-face at a cost of £90.00 (plus VAT) per session. Face-to-face sessions are
usually conducted at our base near Liverpool Street station in London. Sessions outside London can be arranged but incur travel costs. Skype or telephone working increases flexibility as well as
We also offer a package of six Individual Skype or telephone consultations at a cost of £396, a saving of £108 on the normal cost.
Joint sessions cost £90.00 (plus VAT) per person per 90 minute session.
Please Note: We do not carry out Mediation Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) as established under section 10(1) of the Children and Families Act 2014.