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What Our Clients Say
Dear John, thank you so much for representing me and your help with writing my statement. I would like to say how much I appreciate you spending time talking to me after the hearing. I will always remember what you did to protect my Kids.Ms B.
I am absolutely delighted that the Decree Absolute has arrived and am very grateful for the high level of service you provided during this slow and exasperating divorceAnonymous, Family Law
I thank you with absolute grace for your help and support. I understand that you are merely carrying out a job, but you have been exceptional; and Iâ€™m sure my little girl will agree that the fight has been more than worth itClient of Moira Reynolds
Thank you for your tremendous help.Thankful Client
All good businesses start at the front desk and everybody was kind, friendly and attentive. All are a credit to Pardoes, a great team.Family client
Thank you for your help and encouragement and thank your colleague Karen too for being so efficient.Ms L.
A very big thank you for all your hard work and time over the hardest nine months of our family life.Anonymous in relation to John Brimble
Thanks again for everything, you have been completely brilliant not just in your legal expertise and clear pragmatic guidance, but also in supporting me to handle a difficult process as well as possible, with dignity. You have always enabled me to achieve my priority of keeping the boys best interests at the forefront but also rightly encouraged me to look towards providing an appropriately secure position for myself for the future.Ms S.
Excellent, friendly service. Very helpful and empathetic.Ms L.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a way to try and resolve issues, whether they be about children or finances. It is not about reconciliation. There are different types of counselling for that.
What happens in Mediation?
In mediation the couple meet with a neutral third party specifically trained in family mediation. Mediators are often experienced family lawyers. Sometimes mediation can involve a co-mediator for example an experienced social worker or family therapist if the couple feel it is necessary for them. The mediator will discuss the costs with you before you start.
Mediation is a voluntary process. You determine the agenda and the mediator facilitates your negotiations. You try and reach a mutually acceptable agreement, but no outcome is imposed upon you. If you cannot reach agreement, then you can still seek other ways to resolve matters such as working through your solicitors or applying to the court.
If mediation is successful, you may still want a court order. This is especially important in financial cases where, for example, you cannot share pensions without the appropriate court order. In such a case you can instruct your mediator to send the financial disclosure and the draft agreement to the solicitor. Your solicitor will advise you on the implications of the agreement and will draft the appropriate court order for you. It is not ususally necessary to personally attend court to obtain the order.
We can refer you to independent third party mediators. The mediator will meet with you initially to advise you of the cost and the procedure. This first meeting can be without your spouse/partner, but you can ask the mediator to meet with both of you together.
Mediation is a very useful way of trying to resolve issues, but if it is not successful, it can at least narrow down the issues so that you know the specific areas of disagreement that require further work.
To arrange a discussion with one of our Family Team, regarding Mediation, click here or freephone on 0800 862 0442. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we'll call you back as soon as possible.
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