Our Family Mediation Services

CountryWide Mediation was one of the first household mediation services
to be established in the nation and it is now among the foremost companies of family mediation in the Burnley.

We have an unique depth of knowledge, skill and experience in dealing with and fixing problems dispute and disagreements within families.

All members of our family mediation group are expertly accredited (FMCA) through the Household Mediation Council.

We have our own dedicated mediation properties in a peaceful yet central place, with 3 mediation spaces, separate waiting areas, a reception location with extra seating and a back workplace.

We have the ability to provide first meeting/ MIAMs visits (for people) within 24hours and visits for mediation meetings (for both celebrations), within 5 working days.

We supply both legally aided and privately moneyed mediation covering all Burnley.

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When you can’t agree, help

Whether you have just recently separated or your circumstances have changed, you may need some aid to come to a contract with your child’s other parent about arrangements for your children, financial matters or residential or commercial property.

This page describes the various alternatives readily available to help you negotiate and communicate better and fix any disputes. If there are reasons it is not appropriate to negotiate with your kid’s other moms and dad, for instance if they are a threat to you or your child or you have suffered domestic violence, you need to get legal guidance.


Take an appearance at our factsheet Making arrangements for your kids if you haven’t currently. It supplies some fundamental actions to help you have more reliable conversations about your children.

Looking after yourself

If you have been through a challenging separation or a emotionally tough or difficult time, taking actions to care for yourself and using the assistance that’s readily available will help you make better choices.

It will likewise make it much easier for you to remain offered to your kids and their psychological requirements, and ensure they are supported.

The Gingerbread factsheet Caring for your psychological health will give you suggestions on how to get in better shape to make those crucial decisions.

Do you need legal advice?

If you’re separating or have actually recently separated you will require to consider your financial resources, your home and any property you own or debts you have. You need to discover your legal rights before you work out.

To discover family law lawyers who take a non-confrontational approach contact Resolution, who can put you in touch with a local lawyer. Civil
Legal Recommendations can also refer you to a local lawyer and evaluate your privilege to legal aid (see below). For more information on what legal suggestions
is available see the Gingerbread factsheet
Getting Legal Assistance.

Assisting you talk

Sometimes it’s tough to understand where to start or how to make things better. A range of organisations can assist, whether face-to-face, over the phone, through email or online. This kind of support will assist you to comprehend:

  • How you are feeling
  • Why interaction can be so difficult
  • Why it deserves trying to improve the method you communicate
  • What positive steps you can take to alter the scenario and make it easier for you both to talk with each other.

Some programs are designed to help you get skills that will assist you negotiate in a calm and favorable method. A few of the services on offer are totally free while others will charge. Find out as much as possible about each type of service so you can pick the one that best matches you and your circumstance.


Mediation can assist deal with disputes on practical issues, with the assistance of a qualified expert. It’s a voluntary process, neither parent can be forced to try mediation if they do not wish to. It is not counselling or assistance– the focus is on making an agreement that works instead of talking about emotions.

Mediators can’t provide you legal recommendations, and it’s suggested to get legal advice prior to you utilize mediation, particularly if you require to choose monetary issues. Most people going through mediation discover it useful to have legal guidance to support them. You can arrange this at any time. The mediator can give you info about regional household lawyers and how to choose one. If you get legal aid for mediation, you may also get free legal recommendations
during mediation.

If you’re making arrangements for your kid, it’s essential to take into consideration what your kid needs and desires. A conciliator will focus on making a child-centred arrangement, which ought to be in the child’s finest interest.

What occurs in mediation?

You and your child’s other parent will discuss the problems you need to exercise, and the arbitrator will lead the conversation and help you focus. The conciliator will help you and your kid’s other parent have your say, and it is the two of you who decide. You may be fretted that your child’s other parent will control or take over, but the arbitrator will work to make certain you are both heard.

Who is mediation ideal for?

Mediation relies on 2 people wishing to fix their conflict, despite the fact that they have really various viewpoints at the start of the process.

Mediation is not suitable in particular scenarios. If you have been in a violent or violent relationship with your child’s other moms and dad, mediation may not be appropriate for you.

Mediation may not be possible due to useful concerns, such as not having the ability to go to because of where you live, or because of a disability.

Is it legally binding?

The conciliator will draw up a written document for you if you are able to reach an arrangement with your kid’s other moms and dad. You might wish to get legal suggestions on whether it is reasonable to you, specifically if it’s about financial resources.

The arrangement offered by the conciliator is not legally binding, however if you would like it to be, a court can make an agreement about financial resources into a ‘approval order’. This implies you have a court order, but you have actually chosen it instead of a judge. The court will require to check the plan is reasonable prior to they give the order. The existing cost for a permission order is ₤ 50, but if you’re on a low earnings it may be reduced– you can ask at the court to find out more on expenses prior to you pay.

How much does it cost?

Mediation costs will differ depending on the service you use. Depending upon your earnings, you may be eligible for legal help financing, which indicates it would be free. For an assessment to see if you qualify for legal help contact Civil Legal Guidance.

The charges are most likely to be per session, so find out the expenses from the mediation service prior to you begin. Some services can charge you separately, but if this isn’t possible make sure you agree in between you how the costs will be paid prior to you begin.

The quantity of sessions you require will depend on the concerns you require to resolve, but in between 3 and 5 is the average.

How to find a conciliator

You can search for a family mediator at www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/find-local-mediator. The search needs to provide you information of local services that do legal help work, can offer you basic info about mediation, and information of a regional non-profit making mediation service.

Utilizing a lawyer to negotiate

If negotiating with your child’s other moms and dad straight and using a conciliator is not suitable or has failed, you could ask a lawyer to work out for you.

There are most likely to be costs involved, as you can’t get legal help for household matters unless you have actually suffered domestic violence, or extremely hardly ever– your case is “remarkable”.

Once you have actually gone over with the solicitor what your choices are and what decision a court may make in your scenarios, you will require to provide clear directions on how you wish to proceed.

Collective law

Collective law includes agreeing that you will not litigate, and you will solve the conflict in between you and your solicitors. It usually means conference with your kid’s other moms and dad and their lawyer in person and attempting to reach an arrangement around the table.

You would both have your solicitor with you to make sure that a fair arrangement is reached and they will provide advice throughout the meeting. To discover a collective law lawyer contact Resolution.

If you still can’t concur


Arbitration is an alternative to going to court. It is an official, personal and binding procedure for fixing household conflicts, and can only be used for financial matters; it can’t be utilized to resolve disagreements about plans for kids. And you can choose your arbitrator if you reach an agreement through arbitration there will not be any public court records.

Arbitration resembles the court procedure. A skilled specialist will make a decision for you, in the same way a judge would. It can be quicker and cheaper than litigating. For additional information, get in touch with the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.

Asking the court to choose

Applying to the court needs to be the last option, when all other efforts to concur have actually failed or aren’t suitable. Court action can be prolonged and costly, and parents might not get the outcome they want.

Prior to you can request a court order, most people will need to consider mediation, and show a type at the court to prove that you have actually been to a conference to talk about the suitability of mediation. This is called a Mediation Information Evaluation Satisfying. There are exemptions to participating in a conference, for instance if you have actually suffered domestic violence.

To learn more contact National Family Mediation or go to the Household Mediation Council website.

The court will motivate you to reach a contract, however if you can’t it might be essential for the court to provide an order.

Orders for children

The following are the most common orders a court can provide in relation to disagreements over children:

  • Parental responsibility order– an order giving a moms and dad or carer the legal rights
  • and duties of a moms and dad– for more information see the Gingerbread factsheet Adult responsibility.
  • Child plans order– sets out when a child sees and remains with a specific individual, generally a moms and dad. These orders have actually changed contact and residence orders
  • Particular concern order– to decide a particular point of conflict, such as where a kid will go to school, or which faith they ought to follow
  • Prohibited actions order– stops a person doing something with or to a child, for instance to stop a parent taking a child abroad, or from selecting a child up from school.

How does a court make a decision about our kids?

When choosing whether to make an order, the court must think about whether it would be much better for the welfare of the kid to make an order than not make an order. The court will not make an order unless it’s needed. The welfare of the child should be the court’s top priority when making decisions. This is called ‘the well-being principle’.

There are specific things that a court thinks about when deciding what’s in a child’s best interests. This is referred to as the ‘well-being checklist’. The court thinks about all the situations of the case and not just the checklist, however it’s the starting point.

The checklist is:

  • The desires and feelings of the kid (because of their age and understanding).
  • The child’s physical, psychological and academic requirements.
  • The most likely impact on the child of any changes in circumstances.
  • The kid’s age, sex, background and any attributes which the court considers pertinent.
  • Any damage the child has suffered or is at danger of suffering.
  • How capable each of the parents (or other relevant individual) is of meeting the child’s needs.
  • The range of powers readily available to the court.

If you’re thinking about obtaining a court order, or your child’s other moms and dad has requested a court order, you should think about getting legal advice. If you can’t get assist with the expenses through legal help, seeing a lawyer can be costly.

If it’s not possible for you to see a lawyer, think about getting some aid from an organisation that can give you some guidance totally free, such as Rights of Ladies or People Recommendations.

To find out more see the Gingerbread factsheet Getting Legal Assistance.

If you’re making arrangements for your kid, it’s essential to take into factor to consider what your kid needs and desires. The conciliator will assist you and your child’s other parent have your say, and it is the 2 of you who make the choices. When choosing whether to make an order, the court should think about whether it would be better for the welfare of the child to make an order than not make an order. The well-being of the kid must be the court’s top concern when making choices. There are certain things that a court thinks about when choosing what’s in a kid’s best interests.

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Mediation is a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is focused primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. A mediator is facilitative in that she/he manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open communication. Mediation is also evaluative in that the mediator analyzes issues and relevant norms (“reality-testing”), while refraining from providing prescriptive advice to the parties (e.g., “You should do…”).

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community, and family matters.

The term mediation broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach an agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable, and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process. Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution to end the conflict. Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude.

The term mediation, however, due to language as well as national legal standards and regulations is not identical in content in all countries but rather has specific connotations, and there are some differences between Anglo-Saxon definitions and other countries, especially countries with a civil, statutory law tradition.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator’s skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications, and licensing followed, which produced trained and professional mediators committed to the discipline.

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