Our Family Mediation Services

CountryWide Mediation was among the first household mediation services
to be set up in the nation and it is now one of the foremost suppliers of family mediation in the Eastleigh.

We have an unrivalled depth of understanding, skill and experience in fixing issues and dealing with conflict and disagreements within households.

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

We have our own dedicated mediation facilities in a peaceful yet central location, with 3 mediation rooms, separate waiting areas, a reception location with additional seating and a back office.

We are able to use first conference/ MIAMs visits (for people) within 24hours and visits for mediation conferences (for both celebrations), within 5 working days.

We offer both lawfully aided and privately funded mediation covering all Eastleigh.

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This page describes the process of family mediation, when mediation is needed and the anticipated requirements of a family arbitrator.

What is mediation?

Mediation is the procedure by which households can negotiate about future arrangements for children with the help of a neutral 3rd party. The mediator does not tell celebrations what to do, but can assist the parties to reach their own arrangements agreeably, whilst trying to enhance communication in between them.

What are the advantages of mediation?

Mediation is advised when parents discover it tough to settle on making suitable plans for children after a household breakdown. There are numerous benefits to participating in mediation, such as:

  • giving you more control over what choices are made in relation to kids, instead of applying to the courts;
  • supplying a less difficult method of dealing with sensitive matters;
  • enhancing interaction and helping you to figure out future plans;
  • permitting plans to be reviewed and changed simpler, so long as they are equally agreed by both parties; and
  • offering a quicker and cheaper method of resolving conflicts.

Are any agreements made through mediation legally binding?

Any arrangements made throughout mediation are not lawfully binding in the sense of being enforceable in a court. Some individuals do decide to get a lawyer to examine the arrangement, and the arrangement can be used in court at a later stage in order to create an Approval Order. See our page on Permission Orders for more information.

What is a Mediation Details and AssessmentFulfilling (MIAM)?

A Mediation Information Assessment Meeting is the very first conference which will assist develop whether mediation will be suitable in your scenarios, and whether it will help you to reach a contract.

What will happen at mediation?

The conciliator will try to discover common ground in between you. If you’re not comfy with being in the same space as your ex-partner, the mediator can arrange ‘shuttle’ mediation.

Upon a contract being reached between you and your ex-partner, a “memorandum of understanding” will be created by the conciliator so everyone comprehends what has been agreed.

Do I need to go to mediation?

From April 2014, anybody applying to the courts for help in dealing with conflicts about finances or kids will be required to go to a meeting Mediation Information Assessment Fulfilling. This includes any applications for:

  • Child Plans Order
  • Specific Problem Order
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Adult Duty Order
  • An order designating a Child’s Guardian
  • Elimination from Jurisdiction Order
  • Unique Guardianship Order.

You will not need to go to mediation for the above applications if you are obtaining a Permission Order, or if there are continuous emergency situation proceedings, care procedures or supervision procedures for a child or there is an Emergency Security Order, Care Order or Supervision Order in place.You can also be exempt from needing to participate in a MIAM, if you fulfil among the exceptions laid out in paragraph 3 of the C100 application, which can be downloaded from www.justice.gov.uk. A few of the primary exceptions include:

  • where there has been any kind of domestic violence between you and your ex-partner and it has been reported to the police, courts, health specialists or specialised company;
  • where the child is the subject of a Child Protection Strategy or an area 47 query;
  • where the situation refers seriousness, i.e. a danger of damage to the child’s safety;
  • where mediation has been tried within the last four months; or
  • where the person looking for to make the application does not have enough contact details of the other person to which the application relates.

From April 2014, it is required to participate in a Mediation Info Evaluation Fulfilling prior to making an application for court.

What can I expect from my mediator?

A family conciliator must act impartially and avoid any dispute of interest. A mediator must remain neutral on the result of the mediation.

You must also anticipate the arbitrator to keep personal all information gotten during the course of mediation. The arbitrator can not even disclose details to the court, without the consent of both individuals. The conciliators might only reveal details where there are serious accusations of damage to a child or grown up.

Mediation is a voluntary procedure and any session for mediation can be suspended or ended, if it is felt that the celebrations hesitate to fully participate in the procedure. Conciliators should also encourage the individuals to consider the desires and sensations of the children.

The length of time can mediation take?

Mediation can continue while it fulfills the needs of the individual parties included. The preliminary conference lasts roughly 45 minutes. Complete mediation sessions will normally last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the intricacy of the scenario.

What is the expense of mediation?

If you are on a low income or in receipt of particular advantages, you might be able to get Legal Aid to aid with the expenses. Legal Help can cover the first MIAM session for both of you if just one party is eligible for legal aid. The arbitrator needs to be able evaluate whether you are eligible for legal aid or you can call Civil Legal Guidance on 0345 345 4345.

For specific costs, consult your mediation supplier.

What if we can not reach a contract through mediation?

If you can not reach a contract with the other participant, or mediation stops working for any other reason, for example the other celebration will not go to or the conciliator feels that mediation is unfeasible, you might proceed with your dispute to the courts. You must ensure that the arbitrator signs and certifies your application.

Any arrangements made throughout mediation are not legally binding in the sense of being enforceable in a court. If you’re not comfy with being in the same room as your ex-partner, the mediator can arrange ‘shuttle bus’ mediation. An arbitrator should remain neutral on the result of the mediation. You need to also expect the mediator to keep confidential all details gotten throughout the course of mediation. Mediation can continue while it meets the requirements of the individual celebrations included.

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About Mediator in WikiPedia

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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