We are here to assist you in resolving all types of family disputes including divorce, financial issues, childrens’ arrangements such as residence, communication, contact and co-parenting.
If you are separating or divorcing, family mediation helps you sort out disputes – without expensive legal fees or going through a long drawn-out court battle.
We as mediators, will help you work out what happens after you split up. We won’t try and get you and your ex-partner back together. We can also help when you’ve been separated a while and need to sort something out. We will listen to you and your ex-partner explain your concerns and views to each other and will help you both reach an agreement.
Mediation works by helping people find practical solutions that feel fair.
First, you will each meet your mediator separately for a 45 minute meeting, to brief them on relevant aspects of your situation and to see if mediation would be suitable. These meetings are known as mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMS), and can usually be arranged within 5 working days.
You will then meet the mediator/s together for sessions of 90 minutes. The number of sessions you might need depends on the complexity of your case. After each meeting you will receive an outcome summary with details of agreements reached, options considered and items outstanding. When you reach a final agreement we prepare a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is used by a solicitor to draw up a consent order. When approved by a District Judge, this is legally binding.
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In a short time, they were overcome by her wise guidance and stoic professionalism, finding successful and lasting solutions through a very difficult time, allowing us all to move on.”
Meet your mediators
Corinna practised family law at the Bar for more than 10 years before re-joining her chambers in the capacity of a mediator.
Corinna has a busy practice dealing with all aspects of divorce/ separation, whether financial or relating to child arrangements. She is able to consult direct with children where parents feel this would be helpful. Corinna is FMCA accredited and has experience of over 300 mediations.
For clients who would prefer a London location, Corinna can hold meetings at 5 Pump Court Chambers, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7AP. www.5pumpcourt.com or 020 7353 2532.
Will trained with as a solicitor with Penningtons Solicitors LLP and has worked in dispute resolution since 2004. He qualified as a family law mediator with National Family Mediation (NFM) in 2011 and has since obtained Family Mediation Council Full Accreditation status enabling him to work on all publicly funded matters as well as private cases. He is experienced in delivering the Separated Parenting Information Programme (SPIP) as well as mediating at court in the Thames Valley area. He is also qualified to consult with children within the mediation process. Will is a member of NFM, The College of Mediators and The Law Society.
Jane trained with and is a member of the Family Mediators Association. She brings both legal and therapeutic experience to mediation. She qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and worked as a civil and criminal litigator in London for 10 years. In the early 1990s she trained as a counsellor while living in Hong Kong. Following her return to the UK she underwent further training with both Relate and The Institute of Family Therapy and for the last 12 years has been working as a counsellor with couples, individuals, families and young people. She has also worked extensively with separating parents as they seek to shield their children from the impact of conflict. She is a strong believer in the value of communication between parties with different perspectives and is committed to facilitating such communication.
Family mediation: What are the benefits?
- gives you more say about what happens. In court a judge will make the decisions. With mediation you and the other party make the decisions.
- is less stressful, with less conflict between you and your partner. If you have children, it is less upsetting for them. It can help find ways for everyone involved to get on better in the future.
- improves communication and helps you sort out your future.
- agreements can be reviewed and changed if you both agree – e.g. if your situation changes, and as your children get older or have different needs.
- is easier on your children when parents co-operate and helps them continue important family relationships.
- is quicker, cheaper and provides a better way to sort out disagreements than long drawn – out court battles – helping you to get on with the rest of your life as quickly as possible.
How does it work?
- The first step is to come and see one of our mediators for an initial meeting or MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting). Each party attends a separate MIAM, which lasts about an hour and costs £100 each. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the mediation process in detail and for both you and the mediator to assess the suitability of your situation for mediation. You will have the opportunity to set out the background, issues and possible problems you are facing.
- Then, after you and your ex-partner have had your MIAMS, we will arrange the first joint session. This lasts for 90 minutes and costs £175 each. We often work using two mediators (‘co-mediation’) for which there is no extra charge.
- Following joint mediation sessions and once you reach agreed proposals, the mediator will ( in financial cases, write up a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU). This sets out your shared proposals for settlement. You each take this document to your solicitors who then prepare a consent order to be submitted to the court. The charge for the MOU is £150 each. If your case does not involve finances, you will receive an outcome summary, for which there is no charge.
Children are often the main focus for separating parents and their needs are most important. Some of our mediators are trained to see children on their own, so that they can feel involved in the thinking about the future. This would only happen if you, your ex-partner and the child agree.
AVERAGE LENGTH OF CASE
(mediation information and assessment meeting)
Up to 60 minutes individual consultation
£100 per person
JOINT SESSION COSTS
90 minute joint session:
£175 per person
OPEN FINANCIAL STATEMENT
£75 per person
FINANCIAL CASES ONLY
MOU: Drafting of final agreed proposal
£150 per person
Cleared funds to be transferred in advance of sessions.
Session will start and finish promptly and last for 90 minutes.
MIAMs can be done by Skype/Facetime.