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Separating couples often have disagreements over children, property and money

 In the midst of a relationship breakdown many couples experience a lack of trust and have problems with communication. This makes it extremely difficult for them  to reach agreement on a range of issues.

Child Issues - there can be disagreements over how much time the children will spend with each parent, and what the rules should be regarding contact with grandparents and new partners.  There can also be arguments over other child arrangements such as schooling, holidays and out of school activities.

Financial Issues - there are also difficult financial decisions to take, such as selling or keeping your current house, deciding on any financial support or maintenance payments from a higher earner to a lower earner, and agreeing on how to split other assets such as penions, savings and investments. 

Some couples are able to sort everything out through informal discussions, but many are unable to resolve matters themselves and they may end up using a family solicitor and possibly going to court. If both husband and wife retain a solicitor to represent them it can be very expensive, especially of there are strong disagreements and the case goes to court to be decided by a family court judge.


Family mediation is a cost effective method of resolving these disputes

Mediation is an effective approach to resolving disagreements between a divorcing (or separating) couple. A family mediator can facilitate a series of discussions between the couple in order to arrive at a joint agreement over key issues such as finances (including property and pensions) and child arrangements.

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The couple attend a local mediation centre where they have a series of face to face meetings in the presence of a single impartial mediator who facilitates the discussions.

In around 70% of cases agreement is reached within 2 or 3 sessions and the mediator will write up the agreement. If the discussions were over finances you can then Wikivorce's fixed fee service to get a legally binding document called a Consent Order drafted by a solicitor and sent to court to be approved by family court judge.


What are the benefits of mediation, compared to going to court?

There are a range of options available to separating couples who are trying to reach an agreement on finances and children. The four main options are: informal discussions between the parties, formal negotiation via solicitors, using a mediation service or going to court. Informal discussions can work well for simple cases where the parties are on very good terms. However, where there are substantive disagreements couples often find themselves using expensive solicitors and going through a lengthy court process. For many of these couples, mediation is a much better solution for the following reasons:

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Using mediation is generally much quicker than the court process


A contested court case may take 6 to 12 months verses 2 to 3 months for mediation.
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Mediation is far less costly on average than contested court cases


Mediation costs a few hundred pounds verses several thousands of pounds for court
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Mediation puts the couple in control of the shaping the agreement


A court can sometimes impose a decision which does not suit either party.
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Avoids further damaging your relationship with your ex and your children. 


Lengthy and acrimonious court battles can increase the resentment between couples  
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More flexible and personalised agreements can be reached


You can explore many different options in mediation, unlike inflexible court outcomes
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Sessions of mediation can be arranged at a time and place to suit you


Unlike contested court hearing dates which may clash with work or holidays.
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Couples have more 'Buy-in' to agreements reached through mediation


Some people continue to fight and challenge an 'unfair' agreement imposed by the court..
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Mediated agreements can be made legally binding without attending court


Agreements reached in mediation can be made into a legally binding Consent Order.