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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.

Stone King LLP Stone King LLP Mediation Team adheres to a Code of Practice approved by the Family Mediation Council and the Law Society which embodies internationally accepted principles of mediation.

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Our Team

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.

with you.

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.