Winstanley Mediation are passionate about Mediation and dedicated to providing a service that is unique and tailored to meet client’s needs. We offer services in South Liverpool, Liverpool City Centre and Chester.
Parties who have separated or are divorcing won’t find it easy to make difficult decisions about what the arrangements are going to be for their children, and or, what is going to happen to their home, pensions or other assets. The mediation process can make that decision-making process less stressful.
After the MIAM, once the parties have agreed to engage in mediation a joint session will be set up. The Mediator will manage the meeting and facilitate the discussions, keeping the parties focused on the issues. The Mediator will also ensure both parties are given an opportunity to be heard and contribute to the discussions. Mediators will often give information relevant to the issues, by sharing experiences, discussing research and explaining the law if this is considered helpful. Mediators can also make suggestions to help the parties consider other options, or alternatives, to help them try and reach an amicable solution.
Questions often asked:-
‘There are no set arrangements. So how does it work? Who gets custody?’
‘My ex has said I can’t take the children on holiday. Is he/she allowed to stop me?’
‘What are my rights?’
Often those who mediate have not been in this situation before and don’t know, nor are they expected to know, how things work once you are separated. The Mediator can answer these questions and more, to help both parties to understand and be better informed. This can help clarify issues and enable plans to be put in place. Although proposals in mediation do not create a legally binding agreement between the parties, there is some scope to invite the Court to approve any plans (subject to safeguarding checks) if the parties wish to do so. The Mediator can discuss this process with you and provide more information.
Finances - Property
Questions often asked:-
‘Will I be able to stay in the home with the children?’
‘Can I keep my pension?’
‘Will I have to carry on paying the mortgage and bills?’
When mediating about financial matters, both parties have to be willing to disclose their financial positions and provide documentation in support. There are no shortcuts. The process is the same as that if you were dealing with matters through solicitors or the court. However, it can be quicker, less expensive, and, allow the parties to explore options, and find a solution themselves, which they both consider to be fair.
Once proposals are reached, you are encouraged to seek independent legal advice from a solicitor. In some cases, a solicitor can then draft the legal documentation to reflect your proposals which can be filed at Court to make them legal binding.
If you prefer not to meet face to face with the other party, separate rooms can be arranged, and, other special measures put in place. The Mediator will discuss this with you at your MIAM.
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Child Inclusive Mediation
Can children be involved in mediation? A question commonly asked by parents. The answer is yes. For more information visit the Child Inclusive Mediation page.