Family Mediation FAQ

Your first appointment

We will offer both you and your former partner an individual, confidential meeting, at which we will tell you all about mediation and you can ask any questions you have. We will also carry out screening for domestic violence and child protection issues to make sure mediation is suitable for you and your family. If, after the initial appointments, everyone agrees that mediation might be appropriate a joint meeting will be arranged.

How long does family mediation take?

Family mediation sessions usually last between 1 and 1.5 hours, arranged at your convenience. The number of sessions varies but is typically between two to five.

What does family mediation cost?
We offer competitively priced fixed price mediation which we will be happy to discuss at your first appointment. We can also provide the FM1 form you will require before you can issue court proceedings at a small charge.

Who are the mediators?
Our family mediator, Rebecca Kershaw is an experienced solicitor as well as a trained mediator, who is accredited by the Family Mediation Council.

What about confidentiality?
We want you to be able to talk freely and frankly in mediation. What occurs during family mediation cannot be used in court proceedings unless both of you want it to be or if there are issues regarding children’s safety or criminal activities.

As mediators we are bound by a duty of confidentiality, unless circumstances suggest that the issues being discussed may pose a risk to clients or the wider community, such as domestic abuse, child protection, money laundering and terrorism.  In all circumstances, care is taken to protect confidentiality and no disclosure will be made without discussing the issues first, unless there is an urgent risk of harm.