Family Mediation is a voluntary process, where separating or divorced couples come together to have a discussion – not an argument – about their future arrangements in a safe, well-ordered and professional environment.

Whilst we will guide you through the process and ask you to consider some possible options, mediators are completely impartial. Mediators are not there to make decisions for you but to help both of you resolve the issues and decide your own arrangements for your future.

Mediation does not replace legal advice and you are separately encouraged to ask a solicitor to look at any agreement reached at mediation to get his/her legal opinion.

Mediation is also a confidential process, which means you are free to discuss and explore all options, safe in the knowledge that if mediation does not work, the court is not entitled to hear about the discussions that took place, so that the mediation discussions won’t prejudice any future legal proceedings.

Call us

In order to decide if mediation is suitable for you, we are happy to offer a 20-minute call at no charge so that you can tell us about the issues you wish to resolve and we can explain how we might be able to help.

Intake meeting

Each party is then invited to attend a separate one-hour meeting on their own (sometimes called a MIAM – a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting), where we will explain fully the mediation process and assess together whether mediation is the appropriate path for you. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss any concerns.

After both parties have attended their intake meeting and you both decide you would like to go ahead with mediation, we arrange a joint session. These meetings generally last 1.5 hours, so that real progress can be made.

Who do we help?

  • Separating couples, with or without children – married or unmarried
  • Same-sex couples, whether or not in a marriage or civil partnership
  • Children who are struggling to come to terms with their parents’ separation and may be finding it difficult to get on with their parents
  • Members of the extended family, e.g. grandparents, who may have been prevented from seeing their grandchildren
  • Families in a range of disputes, e.g. adult siblings looking to resolve the on-going care of an elderly relative; a parent in dispute with a grown-up child.

What may be discussed?

  • How property, pensions, other financial assets and debts are to be divided up and where both parties will live following divorce
  • Where the children will live when parents separate
  • How the children will share their time between their parents, including holidays
  • How much children will see of members of their extended family – grandparents, cousins etc
  • How parents will communicate with one another in the future about their children
  • How to formalise any agreements in a Separation Deed or a Consent Order

Is mediation legally binding?

The arrangements you make through mediation are not legally binding. At the end of the mediation process, the mediator will prepare a Memorandum of Understanding – and in finance cases an Open Financial Statement – detailing the proposals you have agreed. For finance and property matters, you should then take the Memorandum and Open Financial Statement to your solicitor, who will draft a legally-binding agreement, which can be approved by the courts without you having to attend.

For child arrangements, it is not usual to have a legally binding agreement following mediation. It is firmly believed by the judicial system that children should not be the subject of court orders where at all possible and research shows that child arrangements reached through mediation are more likely to last than legally binding orders imposed by a judge.

BRIDGE FAMILY MEDIATION

South West London & surrounding areas

Tel: 07930 366661


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