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Mediation can be a successful, cost effective alternative to Court proceedings.

It is entirely voluntary, completely confidential and can resolve family disputes. Most importantly it leaves you and your partner/spouse in control of the outcome.

Mediation can be undertaken at any point, at the start of, or during a dispute. An independent Mediator will meet with those involved in a dispute and help them to reach an agreement or find a solution to their problem. Often that agreement will be converted into an agreed Court Order, if this is what is needed, although this will be done by the parties’ Lawyers not the Mediator.

A Mediator is impartial and never takes sides. A Mediator cannot give legal advice and is not there to judge the issues or impose solutions. Those involved in the Mediation process are free to obtain their own legal advice about what is discussed at any time.

Usually a Mediation session will last for 1 – 1½ hours and can take place at times to suit the parties. There can be as many or as few sessions as may be required and if Mediation is not going to work for you, it can be stopped at any time.

Since April 2011 it is compulsory for anyone who wishes to make an application to the Family Court (save for a few exceptions) to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (a MIAM). At this meeting a Mediator will provide you with information in relation to the Mediation and other processes that can be employed as an alternative to Court proceedings.

Alan Kiddle, a recently retired Partner of DFA Law LLP, is a trained Mediator who can provide privately paying Mediation services if this is the way forward for you. However, it should be noted that Alan Kiddle does not provide Mediation services for parties who are entitled to Legal Aid. If you would like us to put you in touch with Alan Kiddle please contact us or visit his website, which can be found by clicking here.

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