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Family Mediation

Mediation and Divorce Solicitors

Many couples struggle to agree on issues arising from their separation, such as finances, property and child arrangements. Mediation can be a very effective process in working towards a resolution.

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What Is Mediation?

Mediation involves you both working with a professional Mediator to understand the issues on both sides and work together to try and reach a mutually acceptable agreement. It is an honest and open dialogue between two people and requires commitment to the process from both sides. Mediation is more cost-effective than the traditional solicitor-led negotiations and litigation/court-based applications. It can also help create a more positive relationship and help families move forward following separation.


The Four Principles of Mediation

Mediation Is Voluntary
Both parties have to want to enter the process and either can stop the process at any time. There is generally an expectation that couples will attempt to resolve their differences before commencing litigation, but mediation it is not always suitable or appropriate in some circumstances.

Mediators Are Impartial
The Mediator does not take sides and is there to support both of you through the process. Mediators do not give advice, although they are able to provide information about legal principles and explain what you should be considering in the negotiations.

Mediation Is Confidential
Information shared with the Mediator is kept confidential, subject to some limited exceptions. Proposals made within mediation cannot be referred to in any subsequent court proceedings.

You're in Charge
It is not the Mediators role to make decisions and the participants remain in charge of the process throughout. Any proposals will only become legally binding if you ask your lawyers to record the agreement into a legally binding document.


Why Use Mediation for Divorce?

  • It can lead to improved communication with your ex-partner.

  • It gives you access to pragmatic and impartial advice.

  • It helps you make informed decisions.

  • It is more cost-effective than court.

  • It can reduces conflict, stress and anxiety.

  • It allows you and your former partner to take control of the situation rather than a judge decide the outcome.

  • It can help with legal and non-legal issues – for example setting boundaries on parenting.


Why Choose VWV?

We are specialists in dealing with family law & divorce and our team has a vast range of experience in this area. We are able to review your matter at an early outset so that we can agree on the best strategy for a swift and cost-effective resolution.

Unmarried separations and disputes in relation to property and finances are dealt with in the civil court, not the family court. We are unique to many other firms who deal with these disputes because our Family Law team has expertise in the Civil Procedure Rules. It is vital to instruct someone with experience because tight deadlines are set by the civil court and must be followed once proceedings have been issued.


For specialist advice from experienced divorce solicitors, please contact Samantha Hickman on 0117 314 5435 or complete the below form.
 

They are thoroughly professional and responsive. Regardless of the matter at hand, with VWV one always feels immensely supported and reassured.

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Our experienced family law and divorce solicitors can advise you on all aspects of your relationship, a relationship breakdown or even a new relationship.

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Samantha Hickman - Family Law & Divorce Solicitor in Bristol - VWV Solicitors Law Firm
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