FAMILY MEDIATION

Separation can be extremely painful all round, for former partners; for children; for mums and dads; for grandparents, for an extended family, for relationships and for the wallet!

We help parties who find themselves in disputes to take control of their own decisions and find a way forward through conflict.

At Venture Mediation we prioritise the needs of children, to offer a safe environment in which to help guide parties who find themselves in conflict to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.

We provide an informative and dynamic mediation process offering our clients online mediation using online video conferencing providers such as WhatsApp, Skype, and Facetime. Choosing this service directly saves you time, money and allows you to be flexible with scheduling your appointments.

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

  • Mediation is becoming the norm rather than using solicitors and courts to make decisions.
  • Mediation is where you and your ex-partner jointly decide the agenda and priority of negotiations while the mediator helps you develop mutually acceptable solutions while making informed decisions.
  • Mediation keeps you in charge of important decisions about your children and finances in a calm and stable environment.
  • Mediation can be significantly less expensive than court proceedings and often much quicker.
  • Mediation can reduce future conflict between parties, develop trust and improve communication for the benefit of children and families involved.

MEDIATION IS NOT:

  • Mediation is not about counselling; it is securely grounded in moving things forward and not on re-running the past or trying to rebuild past relationships but by building new ones.

 

WHAT DOES MEDIATION COST?

Service
Legal Aid
Private
MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting)
FREE
£96
First Joint Mediation Session (Where one party is eligible for Legal Aid)
FREE
FREE
Joint Mediation Sessions (Per hour, sessions are usually 90 minutes)
FREE
£120
Open Financial Summary
FREE
£150
Memorandum of Understanding
FREE
£150
Parenting Plan
FREE
£150
Direct Child Consultation
FREE
£150
Signing a Court application form (confirming mediation is not suitable)
FREE
£50

 

Further reading

Working agreements through mediation keeps you in control and decisions reached in mediation are more enduring than those decided by a court. Mediation is focused on solutions and not on who did or didn’t do whatever. Mediators are not judges and they are not there to decide on an outcome for you so it is focused on.

This means mediated agreements tend to work better and last longer.

In Family Mediation you sort out family arrangements over a number of joint meetings. The focus is on providing a safe and fair environment with the aim of moving forward and reaching an agreement, and not on deciding whose fault it is. The mediator will help you to negotiate an agreement that takes account of the whole family’s needs.

Because mediation works session by session, if everyone does what they say they are going to do then you can rebuild trust between you. Also, by working on how you are going to communicate as separated parents you can keep your kids out of the conflict and work out how you are going to work together as separated parents.

Common topics to discuss about children:

  • The pattern of time the children will be spending with each of you
  • Holidays, birthdays and special occasions
  • How communication will take place and information will be shared
  • Child maintenance

Common topics to do with finances and property

  • Decisions about the home or any other property
  • Pensions
  • Businesses
  • Bank accounts/Shares/ISAs/PEPs

In order to make enduring financial decisions, you need to define what there is to discuss (assets, liabilities, pensions, income and expenditure). Once you have the full picture, you can explore how to maximizing income and take a realistic view of how to meet everyone’s needs. If you are married or in a civil partnership and need to formalise your decisions by way of a consent order, the court will have a look at what you have got as well as what you want to do to ensure that your proposals will meet each of your needs.

Parties control the topics discussed and the pace of the process. Sitting around a table enables you to ask questions of each other rather than relying on adversarial letters to communicate. Trust can be built, rather than destroyed. If there are any gaps, or issues needing further clarification, you can request or provide further information until you both have the full picture of what is in the pot. You can be creative about the decisions you make and in a couple of meetings you can get clarity and certainty where there was none previously. move from not knowing what to do for the best to having a plan for a financially secure future. The more further you get from you deciding to a court deciding, the more the topics are divided, even though they are related, the more expensive and adversarial it becomes and the less in control you are.

All Issues Mediation helps parties to find solutions about children and property. It is a quick and effective way of resolving disputes which arise from a relationship coming to an end. With the help of an experienced and dedicated mediator clients can reach agreement on all topics.

All Issues Mediation means that the issues which need to be resolved include issues relating to children and also issues relating to property or other financial assets.

Common topics to discuss about children:

  • The pattern of time the children will be spending with each of you
  • Holidays, birthdays and special occasions
  • How communication will take place and information will be shared
  • Child maintenance

Common topics to do with finances and property:

  • Decisions about the home or any other property
  • Pensions
  • Businesses
  • Bank accounts/Shares/ISAs/PEPs

 

Our All Issues Mediation Service:

Your first individual meetings will be with you on your own, or you can bring a supporter. All the issues which need to be looked at are then identified. We then work and evaluate options and reach workable agreements on all issues. This includes full disclosure of your finances. After Disclosure has been completed we would then draft an Open Financial Summary, or OFS, in which your disclosure would be put into a schedule detailing assets, liabilities, pensions, income and outgoings. This would also include all documents disclosed by each of you.

Mediation sessions usually take place with both clients in the same room at the same time. Mediation can also take place with clients in separate rooms. We would discuss how the process might best be managed with you at your assessment meeting. The sessions are structured to enable you to communicate effectively and work out an outcome which is satisfactory to both of you.

Once an agreement is reached we draft a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU which summarises the decisions you have made and why. It would also include a section on budgeting and reality testing. This agreement will reflect financial agreements as well as agreements relating to your children.

 

Family mediation referral form