Family Mediation with WYFMS


Sorting out the practical issues of relationship breakdown...

  • Arrangements for your children
  • Sorting out your finances and property
  • Other work and projects

...reaching agreements that are acceptable to both of you and will allow each of you to move on with your life.

You may be considering using family mediation because you're aware of the benefits of making your own arrangements - or you may have been advised by the Courts to use mediation to sort things out.
The following information is designed to tell you more about what will happen in mediation.
What happens in mediation?
We usually see each of you separately to start with so that you both have the same opportunity to talk through your issues with the mediator, and the mediator can find out about your particular situation and concerns. (We can offer a joint appointment if both of you prefer this.)

After that, if you're both agreeable and if we feel that mediation is right for the two of you, you will be asked to attend one or more appointments together.
Following mediation we will write up the agreements you reach into a formal document and this can become the basis of a court order if you feel you may need one, for example in financial and property matters.
The Benefits of Mediation
  • A constructive approach, avoiding lengthy and costly legal action
  • A chance to iron out misunderstandings and clarify issues
  • Improved communication between the two of you
  • An opportunity to sort things out in a non-intimidating atmosphere
  • A way of reducing the stress and anxiety that can come with the end of a relationship
  • A means of making your own decisions
Sorting things out through mediation is less costly than going through the courts in both financial and emotional terms.
The cost of litigation
Mediation is a much less expensive option than litigation. Where a case has to go to Court, costs can quickly rise to many thousands of pounds - and will take much longer to settle.

It is estimated that solicitors' costs in relation to negotiating between the two of you and dealing with court proceedings can be:
  • in respect of arrangements for children, around £1500 to £3000
  • for property and financial issues, between £3000 and £6000
Average length of time to resolve issues through:
  • Mediation - 4 months
  • The courts - 15 months
Referring Yourself
If you are ready to take the first step towards family mediation please complete our Self Referral form: