Mediation provides an opportunity for people to make their own decisions without going to court and limits the use of solicitors, saving significant time, money and the stress of a protracted dispute. It is available to help you make arrangements for your children and/or resolve the practical and financial implications of relationship breakdown.
Carol Maher is an experienced family solicitor. She came to the conclusion over 20 years ago that, where appropriate, there needed to be an alternative to fighting it out through solicitors or the courts, so trained as a mediator and offers the service as part of her practice.
How does it work?
If the issue concerns a child or children, Carol will sit down with you and the other parent to help the two of you identify and focus on the needs of your son or daughter so you can come up with a solution which works for them.
If it is the finances which need to be resolved, Carol will explain how to identify and value the assets, help you understand the financial position & then discuss and explore the options with you in order to arrive at the best solution.
Carol is independent and impartial, so cannot give individual advice. It can therefore be helpful for each person to speak to a solicitor before and at the end of the process.
Can children be involved?
Yes. Where parents consider it helpful, Carol can meet with a child directly in order to ascertain his or her true wishes and feelings, which are often different to what each parent had thought.
What does it cost?
The first step is for you to meet with Carol so she can explain exactly how the process would work so you can decide if it is something you wish to try. The fee for attending that meeting is £95 per person if done separately, £85 each if you come together plus VAT. The fee thereafter would depend on what needed to be resolved – Carol would give you a figure at that first meeting.