Our Family Mediation Providers

CountryWide Mediation was among the first household mediation services
to be set up in the country and it is now one of the primary companies of family mediation in the Dartford.

We have an incomparable depth of knowledge, ability and experience in dealing with and solving issues conflict and conflicts within families.

All members of our family mediation group are professionally recognized (FMCA) through the Family Mediation Council.

We have our own devoted mediation facilities in a quiet yet central location, with 3 mediation spaces, separate waiting locations, a reception area with additional seating and a back workplace.

We have the ability to provide first conference/ MIAMs appointments (for individuals) within 24hours and consultations for mediation meetings (for both parties), within 5 working days.

We offer both lawfully assisted and privately funded mediation covering all Dartford.

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Help when you can’t concur

Whether you have recently separated or your scenarios have changed, you might require some assistance to come to an agreement with your kid’s other moms and dad about plans for your children, financial matters or residential or commercial property.

This page discusses the different options available to help you work out and communicate better and deal with any disagreements. If there are reasons why it is not ideal to negotiate with your kid’s other moms and dad, for instance if they are a danger to you or your child or you have actually suffered domestic violence, you ought to get legal suggestions.

Initial steps

If you have not already, take a look at our factsheet Making arrangements for your kids. It provides some basic actions to assist you have more efficient discussions about your children.

Looking after yourself

If you have actually been through a hard separation or a mentally tough or stressful time, taking actions to look after yourself and utilizing the assistance that’s available will assist you make better choices.

It will also make it much easier for you to stay readily available to your kids and their psychological needs, and ensure they are supported.

The Gingerbread factsheet Taking care of your psychological health will offer you advice on how to get in better shape to make those important choices.

Do you require legal suggestions?

Your house and any home you own or financial obligations you have if you’re separating or have actually just recently separated you will require to consider your financial resources. You need to learn your legal rights prior to you negotiate.

To discover household law solicitors who take a non-confrontational approach contact Resolution, who can put you in touch with a regional lawyer. Civil
Legal Suggestions can also refer you to a local solicitor and assess your privilege to legal help (see below). To find out more on what legal recommendations
is offered see the Gingerbread factsheet
Getting Legal Assistance.

Helping you talk

In some cases it’s tough to understand where to begin or how to make things much better. A range of organisations can assist, whether in person, over the phone, by means of email or online. This kind of support will help you to comprehend:

  • How you are feeling
  • Why interaction can be so difficult
  • Why it is worth trying to enhance the way you interact
  • What favorable actions you can take to alter the circumstance and make it simpler for you both to talk to each other.

Some programmes are designed to help you gain abilities that will assist you negotiate in a calm and positive method. Some of the services available are free while others will charge. Discover as much as possible about each kind of service so you can pick the one that best matches you and your scenario.


Mediation can help solve disputes on useful issues, with the guidance of a trained specialist. It’s a voluntary procedure, neither parent can be required to attempt mediation if they do not wish to. It is not counselling or guidance– the focus is on making an agreement that works rather than talking about emotions.

Arbitrators can’t provide you legal guidance, and it’s advisable to get legal advice before you utilize mediation, specifically if you need to choose financial issues. Most people going through mediation discover it helpful to have legal suggestions to support them. You can organize this at any time. The arbitrator can provide you info about local household solicitors and how to choose one. If you get legal aid for mediation, you may likewise secure free legal advice
throughout mediation.

If you’re making arrangements for your kid, it’s important to take into factor to consider what your kid requires and desires. A mediator will focus on making a child-centred contract, which ought to be in the kid’s best interest.

What occurs in mediation?

You and your child’s other parent will discuss the concerns you need to exercise, and the conciliator will lead the discussion and assist you focus. The conciliator will help you and your kid’s other moms and dad have your say, and it is the two of you who decide. You may be worried that your child’s other parent will take or control over, but the mediator will work to ensure you are both heard.

Who is mediation ideal for?

Mediation counts on 2 people wishing to resolve their dispute, although they have extremely various viewpoints at the start of the process.

Mediation is not suitable in certain circumstances. If you have remained in a violent or abusive relationship with your child’s other parent, mediation might not be appropriate for you.

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

Is it legally binding?

The arbitrator will draw up a composed document for you if you are able to reach a contract with your kid’s other parent. You might want to get legal suggestions on whether it is fair to you, particularly if it’s about finances.

The agreement supplied by the conciliator is not lawfully binding, but if you would like it to be, a court can make an arrangement about financial resources into a ‘consent order’. The court will require to inspect the arrangement is fair before they give the order.

Just how much does it cost?

Mediation expenses will differ depending upon the service you use. Depending upon your income, you might be qualified for legal aid financing, which suggests it would be free. For an assessment to see if you qualify for legal aid contact Civil Legal Suggestions.

The charges are likely to be per session, so learn the expenses from the mediation service prior to you start. Some services can charge you individually, however if this isn’t possible make sure you agree in between you how the costs will be paid before you start.

The amount of sessions you require will depend on the issues you need to fix, but in between three and 5 is the average.

How to find a mediator

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

Utilizing a lawyer to work out

You could ask a solicitor to work out for you if negotiating with your child’s other parent directly and utilizing an arbitrator is not ideal or has failed.

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

When you have gone over with the solicitor what your options are and what choice a court might make in your circumstances, you will need to give them clear instructions on how you wish to continue.

Collective law

Collaborative law involves concurring that you will not go to court, and you will resolve the conflict between you and your solicitors. It generally implies conference with your child’s other moms and dad and their solicitor in person and attempting to reach an arrangement around the table.

You would both have your solicitor with you to ensure that a fair contract is reached and they will offer guidance throughout the meeting. To discover a collaborative law lawyer contact Resolution.

If you still can’t concur


Arbitration is an alternative to going to court. It is a formal, personal and binding process for fixing family disagreements, and can just be utilized for monetary matters; it can’t be utilized to deal with conflicts about arrangements for kids. And you can select your arbitrator if you reach a contract through arbitration there will not be any public court records.

Arbitration is similar to the court procedure. A qualified specialist will make a decision for you, in the same way a judge would. It can be quicker and cheaper than going to court. To find out more, call the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.

Asking the court to choose

Applying to the court needs to be the last resort, when all other attempts to concur have actually failed or aren’t appropriate. Court action can be pricey and lengthy, and moms and dads might not get the outcome they desire.

Prior to you can request a court order, the majority of people will need to think about mediation, and show a kind at the court to show that you have been to a conference to discuss the suitability of mediation. This is called a Mediation Info Evaluation Fulfilling. There are exemptions to participating in a conference, for example if you have suffered domestic violence.

For more details contact National Family Mediation or visit the Family Mediation Council website.

The court will encourage you to reach an agreement, however if you can’t it might be necessary for the court to issue an order.

Orders for children

The following are the most typical orders a court can provide in relation to conflicts over kids:

  • Parental duty order– an order approving a parent or carer the legal rights
  • and obligations of a moms and dad– for more details see the Gingerbread factsheet Parental duty.
  • Kid arrangements order– sets out when a child sees and remains with a particular person, typically a parent. These orders have changed contact and residence orders
  • Specific problem order– to decide a specific point of conflict, such as where a child will go to school, or which religion they need to follow
  • Prohibited steps order– stops an individual doing something with or to a kid, for instance to stop a parent taking a child abroad, or from choosing a kid up from school.

How does a court decide about our kids?

When choosing whether to make an order, the court must consider whether it would be much better for the welfare of the kid to make an order than not make an order. The well-being of the kid should be the court’s leading priority when making choices.

There are particular things that a court considers when deciding what remains in a child’s benefits. This is referred to as the ‘well-being checklist’. The court thinks about all the scenarios of the case and not simply the checklist, however it’s the starting point.

The checklist is:

  • The wishes and sensations of the child (because of their age and understanding).
  • The kid’s physical, academic and psychological needs.
  • The likely effect on the child of any modifications in circumstances.
  • The child’s age, sex, background and any characteristics which the court considers relevant.
  • Any damage the kid has suffered or is at threat of suffering.
  • How capable each of the moms and dads (or other appropriate person) is of satisfying the child’s requirements.
  • The range of powers available to the court.

If you’re thinking about looking for a court order, or your child’s other parent has obtained a court order, you need to think of getting legal recommendations. 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, consider getting some help from an organisation that can give you some suggestions free of charge, such as Rights of Ladies or People Guidance.

For more information see the Gingerbread factsheet Getting Legal Assistance.

If you’re making plans for your child, it’s crucial to take into consideration what your kid needs and desires. The conciliator will assist you and your child’s other moms and dad have your say, and it is the two of you who make the decisions. When choosing whether to make an order, the court needs to consider 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 specific things that a court thinks about when choosing what’s in a kid’s finest interests.

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Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is concentrated mostly upon the demands, civil liberties, as well as passions of the celebrations. Arbitration, as used in law, is a kind of different conflict resolution settling disputes between 2 or even more celebrations with concrete effects. Normally, a 3rd event, the moderator, aids the parties to negotiate a settlement.

Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is concentrated largely upon the needs, rights, as well as rate of interests of the events. Arbitration, as utilized in regulation, is a form of alternative dispute resolution solving conflicts in between 2 or even more parties with concrete effects. Generally, a third party, the moderator, helps the celebrations to bargain a negotiation.

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