help you to reach a settlement swiftly and amicably wherever possible
can you afford not to
Approximate costs guide for each party
go to mediation?
Litigation Child issues - £1,000 - £3,000 Financial issues - £3,000 - £8,000 statutory charge applies depending on the complexities
When can people come to mediation? People can come to mediation at any stage of their
divorce or separation, or impending separation.
Child issues - £400 - £1,000 Financial issues - £1,000 - £2,500
Mediation sessions usually last one and a half
and statutory charge does not apply to mediation fees
hours. The number of sessions depends upon the nature and complexity of the issues and the pace at
For assistance for those facing separation or divorce
which you need to go – generally 2 to 5 sessions are needed. The charges for mediation are payable at the end of each session and may be shared between you in any way you agree. It may be possible to get Legal Aid to cover the cost of mediation – please ask when you contact us if you are financially eligible – a swift assessment can be made.
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Our Mediators are skilled in assessing which model of
Stone King LLP Family Law & Mediation Team
mediation is likely to be most helpful to you and will
specialises in working with couples involved in
discuss the details of the different models of working
separation or divorce.
Separation and divorce usually involve a major crisis
What does Mediation cover?
for a family. Much needs to be discussed and resolved
Any or all of the problems that arise when couples
at a time when there may be a lot of anger or great distress between you.
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part: ◆ Decisions about day to day care of the children –
where they will live and contact arrangements Contested court proceedings can be costly – in terms of finance and emotion – but trying to work things out
Mediation allows you to keep control of your situation.
on your own can seem an impossible task when life
The Mediators assist in reducing conflict, and keep the
seems so difficult.
focus on the issues you each wish to resolve. They can help you consider your children’s feelings and needs,
Mediation gives you both an opportunity to meet
and encourage better communication for the future as
together with a trained and impartial third person or
you continue to be parents.
persons to help you consider all the options available and make decisions for the future. It takes place in a
When financial and other practical issues need to be
confidential and informed setting.
settled, mediators encourage you both to explore the issues and consider the options which would work best in your situation. Our Mediators Our Mediators have been selected by the Family Mediators Association and trained to recognised national and European standards and are directly accountable to a national body. Our Mediators offer sole practice mediation, a mediator working alone, who may bring in a second mediator where it is helpful to do so, they also offer co-mediation – that is two mediators working
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together as a team.
◆ Housing arrangements ◆ The division of money and property ◆ Financial support for the family ◆ How best to separate or divorce
Mediation is not a substitute for legal advice, as mediators do not advise or represent either of you individually. They help both of you work out proposals for settlement which can then be summarised in documentation for each of you to take to your own solicitor for legal advice. It can then be formalised as a legally binding agreement between you. Mediators are impartial and do not take sides. Is mediation confidential? Mediators treat all discussions as strictly confidential except where someone’s life or welfare (especially a child’s) may be in danger. Financial information may be used by either party should there be court proceedings. However, discussions to try and resolve differences are ‘without prejudice’ and legally privileged.