Our Family Mediation Providers

CountryWide Mediation was among the very first family mediation services
to be set up in the country and it is now one of the primary service providers of household mediation in the Enfield Town.

We have an unrivalled depth of understanding, skill and experience in solving issues and solving conflict and disputes within families.

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

We have our own dedicated mediation facilities in a peaceful yet central place, with 3 mediation rooms, separate waiting locations, a reception area with additional seating and a back workplace.

We are able to use very first conference/ MIAMs consultations (for individuals) within 24hours and consultations for mediation conferences (for both parties), within 5 working days.

We supply both lawfully assisted and independently moneyed mediation covering all Enfield Town.

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Assist when you can’t concur

Whether you have just recently separated or your scenarios have actually changed, you may require some assistance to come to an arrangement with your child’s other parent about plans for your children, monetary matters or residential or commercial property.

This page explains the various alternatives available to assist you negotiate and interact better and deal with any conflicts. If there are reasons why it is not ideal to negotiate with your child’s other moms and dad, for example if they are a hazard to you or your kid or you have suffered domestic violence, you ought to get legal guidance.

Initial steps

If you have not currently, take a look at our factsheet Making plans for your kids. It supplies some fundamental steps to help you have more efficient discussions about your children.

Taking care of yourself

If you have actually been through a challenging split or a emotionally difficult or difficult time, taking steps to look after yourself and using the help that’s available will assist you make better choices.

It will also make it easier for you to remain readily available to your children and their psychological needs, and guarantee they are supported.

The Gingerbread factsheet Looking after your psychological health will provide you advice on how to get in better shape to make those essential decisions.

Do you require legal recommendations?

If you’re separating or have actually recently separated you will require to consider your finances, your home and any home you own or debts you have. You should discover your legal rights prior to you work out.

To discover household law solicitors who take a non-confrontational approach contact Resolution, who can put you in touch with a local solicitor. Civil
Legal Advice can also refer you to a regional lawyer and examine your privilege to legal help (see listed below). For more information on what legal suggestions
is available see the Gingerbread factsheet
Getting Legal Aid.

Helping you talk

Often it’s difficult to know where to begin or how to make things better. A variety of organisations can help, whether face-to-face, over the phone, through e-mail or online. This kind of support will assist you to comprehend:

  • How you are feeling
  • Why communication can be so hard
  • Why it deserves trying to improve the method you interact
  • What favorable steps you can require to change the circumstance and make it much easier for you both to speak with each other.

Some programmes are created to help you gain abilities that will assist you work out in a calm and positive method. Some of the services on offer are free while others will charge. Find out as much as possible about each type of service so you can pick the one that best suits you and your circumstance.


Mediation can assist resolve disputes on practical problems, with the guidance of an experienced specialist. It’s a voluntary procedure, neither parent can be required to attempt mediation if they do not want to. It is not counselling or assistance– the focus is on making a contract that works rather than talking about feelings.

Arbitrators can’t offer you legal suggestions, and it’s a good idea to get legal guidance before you use mediation, especially if you need to choose financial concerns. If you get legal aid for mediation, you may also get free legal recommendations
throughout mediation.

If you’re making plans for your kid, it’s important to take into consideration what your child requires and desires. A mediator will focus on making a child-centred agreement, which should be in the kid’s best interest.

What takes place in mediation?

You and your kid’s other moms and dad will go over the issues you require to exercise, and the arbitrator will lead the discussion and assist you focus. The arbitrator will help you and your kid’s other parent have your say, and it is the two of you who make the decisions. You may be worried that your child’s other moms and dad will take or dominate over, however the arbitrator will work to ensure you are both heard.

Who is mediation suitable for?

Mediation counts on two people wanting to resolve their disagreement, despite the fact that they have very various perspectives at the start of the process.

Mediation is not suitable in certain circumstances. Mediation might not be proper for you if you have been in a abusive or violent relationship with your kid’s other parent.

Mediation might not be possible due to useful concerns, such as not being able to participate in because of where you live, or because of a disability.

Is it lawfully binding?

The mediator will draw up a composed document for you if you are able to reach a contract with your kid’s other moms and dad. You might wish to get legal suggestions on whether it is fair to you, especially if it’s about financial resources.

The contract supplied by the conciliator is not lawfully binding, however if you would like it to be, a court can make an arrangement about finances into a ‘permission order’. This means you have a court order, however you have chosen it instead of a judge. The court will require to inspect the arrangement is fair prior to they approve the order. The current cost for an approval order is ₤ 50, however if you’re on a low earnings it might be lowered– you can ask at the court to find out more on expenses before you pay.

How much does it cost?

Mediation expenses will differ depending upon the service you use. Depending upon your earnings, you may be eligible for legal help financing, which means it would be totally free. For an assessment to see if you qualify for legal aid contact Civil Legal Recommendations.

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 individually, however if this isn’t possible make sure you concur between you how the expenses will be paid before you begin.

The quantity of sessions you require will depend on the concerns you need to deal with, but in between 3 and five is the average.

How to discover a mediator

You can look for a household conciliator at www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/find-local-mediator. The search must give you information of local services that do legal aid work, can offer you basic info about mediation, and information of a local non-profit making mediation service.

Using a lawyer to work out

You could ask a lawyer to negotiate for you if working out with your child’s other moms and dad straight and using a conciliator is not ideal or has failed.

There are most likely to be costs involved, as you can’t get legal aid for family matters unless you have suffered domestic violence, or very seldom– your case is “remarkable”.

When you have talked about with the solicitor what your alternatives are and what decision a court may make in your scenarios, you will require to give them clear directions on how you wish to continue.

Collective law

Collaborative law includes concurring that you will not litigate, and you will solve the dispute in between you and your solicitors. It usually means conference with your kid’s other parent and their solicitor face-to-face and attempting to reach a contract around the table.

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

, if you still can’t agree


Arbitration is an alternative to going to court. It is an official, personal and binding process for dealing with family conflicts, and can just be utilized for monetary matters; it can’t be utilized to deal with disagreements about arrangements for children. And you can pick your arbitrator if you reach an agreement through arbitration there won’t be any public court records.

Arbitration is comparable to the court procedure. It can be quicker and more affordable than going to court.

Asking the court to decide

Applying to the court must be the last resort, when all other attempts to agree have failed or aren’t suitable. Court action can be prolonged and expensive, and parents might not get the result they desire.

Before you can look for a court order, many people will need to think about mediation, and reveal a form at the court to show that you have been to a conference to go over the viability of mediation. This is called a Mediation Info Assessment Satisfying. There are exemptions to participating in a conference, for instance if you have actually suffered domestic violence.

For more information 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 may be required for the court to release an order.

Orders for kids

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

  • Parental responsibility order– an order giving a moms and dad or carer the legal rights
  • and duties of a moms and dad– for additional information see the Gingerbread factsheet Parental responsibility.
  • Child plans order– sets out when a child sees and stays with a particular person, typically a moms and dad. These orders have changed contact and house orders
  • Specific problem order– to decide a specific point of disagreement, such as where a child will go to school, or which religious beliefs they need to follow
  • Forbidden actions order– stops an individual doing something with or to a kid, for instance to stop a moms and dad taking a kid abroad, or from choosing a kid up from school.

How does a court make a decision about our children?

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

When deciding what’s in a child’s finest interests, there are certain things that a court considers. This is known as the ‘welfare checklist’. The court thinks about all the scenarios of the case and not simply the list, however it’s the beginning point.

The checklist is:

  • The dreams and feelings of the child (because of their age and understanding).
  • The kid’s physical, emotional and academic needs.
  • The most likely effect on the kid of any changes in circumstances.
  • The kid’s age, sex, background and any characteristics which the court thinks about pertinent.
  • Any harm the kid has suffered or is at danger of suffering.
  • How capable each of the moms and dads (or other pertinent individual) is of satisfying the kid’s requirements.
  • The series of powers readily available to the court.

If you’re thinking about requesting a court order, or your kid’s other parent has actually made an application for a court order, you should think of getting legal suggestions. If you can’t get aid with the costs through legal aid, seeing a solicitor can be costly.

If it’s not possible for you to see a solicitor, think about getting some aid from an organisation that can offer you some guidance totally free, such as Rights of Women or Citizens Suggestions.

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

If you’re making plans for your child, it’s crucial to take into consideration what your child requires and wants. The mediator will assist you and your child’s other parent have your say, and it is the two of you who make the choices. When choosing whether to make an order, the court needs to think about whether it would be better for the welfare of the kid to make an order than not make an order. The welfare of the kid should be the court’s top concern when making decisions. There are particular things that a court considers when deciding what’s in a child’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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