Our Household Mediation Providers

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

We have an unique depth of knowledge, ability and experience in solving and fixing issues conflict and conflicts within families.

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

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

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

We offer both legally aided and independently moneyed mediation covering all Littlehampton.

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Help when you can’t agree

Whether you have actually just recently separated or your scenarios have changed, you might need some assistance to come to an arrangement with your child’s other parent about plans for your kids, financial matters or property.

This page explains the different options readily available to help you work out and communicate better and solve any disputes. If there are reasons it is not suitable to negotiate with your child’s other moms and dad, for example if they are a danger to you or your kid or you have actually suffered domestic violence, you should get legal recommendations.

First steps

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

Taking care of yourself

If you have actually been through a difficult break-up or a emotionally tough or difficult time, taking steps to look after yourself and using the assistance that’s readily available will help you make better choices.

It will likewise make it simpler for you to stay available to your children and their psychological requirements, and guarantee they are supported.

The Gingerbread factsheet Caring for your psychological health will provide you recommendations on how to get in better shape to make those essential choices.

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 before you work out.

To discover family law lawyers who take a non-confrontational technique contact Resolution, who can put you in touch with a regional solicitor. Civil
Legal Suggestions can likewise refer you to a local solicitor and examine your privilege to legal help (see below). To learn more on what legal advice
is readily available see the Gingerbread factsheet
Getting Legal Assistance.

Helping you talk

Often it’s hard to understand where to begin or how to make things better. A range of organisations can help, whether face-to-face, over the phone, via email or online. This type of support will help you to understand:

  • How you are feeling
  • Why interaction can be so tough
  • Why it deserves attempting to enhance the way you communicate
  • What favorable steps you can take to alter the scenario and make it simpler for you both to talk to each other.

Some programmes are designed to help you gain skills that will assist you work out in a calm and positive way. Some of the services available are totally free while others will charge. Learn as much as possible about each type of service so you can select the one that best matches you and your circumstance.


Mediation can help resolve disagreements on practical problems, with the assistance of a trained expert. It’s a voluntary procedure, neither moms and dad can be required to try mediation if they do not want to. It is not counselling or guidance– the focus is on making an agreement that works rather than going over emotions.

Arbitrators can’t provide you legal advice, and it’s recommended to get legal advice prior to you use mediation, specifically if you need to choose financial concerns. If you get legal aid for mediation, you may likewise get free legal guidance
throughout mediation.

If you’re making plans for your child, it’s essential to take into factor to consider what your child wants and needs. An arbitrator will focus on making a child-centred arrangement, which need to be in the kid’s best interest.

What happens in mediation?

You and your child’s other moms and dad will go over the problems you need to work out, and the mediator will lead the discussion and assist you focus. The conciliator will help you and your kid’s other parent have your say, and it is the two of you who make the decisions. You might be stressed that your kid’s other parent will control or take over, however the conciliator will work to make sure you are both heard.

Who is mediation suitable for?

Mediation counts on 2 people wanting to resolve their dispute, despite the fact that they have very various perspectives at the start of the process.

Mediation is not suitable in certain circumstances. Mediation may not be proper for you if you have actually been in a violent or violent relationship with your child’s other moms and dad.

Mediation might not be possible due to useful problems, such as not having the ability to go to because of where you live, or because of an impairment.

Is it legally binding?

If you are able to reach an agreement with your kid’s other parent, the conciliator will draw up a written document for you. You may wish to get legal guidance on whether it is reasonable to you, specifically if it has to do with financial resources.

The agreement supplied by the arbitrator is not legally binding, but if you would like it to be, a court can make an arrangement about financial resources into a ‘consent order’. This indicates you have a court order, but you have actually chosen it rather than a judge. The court will require to check the arrangement is fair before they give the order. The present cost for a permission order is ₤ 50, however if you’re on a low earnings it may be decreased– you can ask at the court for more details on expenses before you pay.

Just 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 aid financing, which suggests it would be complimentary. For an assessment to see if you get approved for legal aid contact Civil Legal Guidance.

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

The amount of sessions you require will depend upon the concerns you require to deal with, however in between 3 and five is the average.

How to discover a mediator

You can search for a household mediator at www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/find-local-mediator. The search should give you information of regional services that do legal aid work, can provide you general information about mediation, and details of a local non-profit making mediation service.

Utilizing a solicitor to negotiate

If working out with your child’s other moms and dad directly and using an arbitrator is not appropriate or has actually stopped working, you could ask a lawyer to work out for you.

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

Once you have gone over with the solicitor what your alternatives are and what decision a court may make in your scenarios, you will need to give them clear guidelines on how you wish to continue.

Collaborative law

Collective law involves concurring that you will not litigate, and you will fix the dispute in between you and your lawyers. It normally implies meeting with your child’s other parent and their solicitor face-to-face and attempting to reach an arrangement around the table.

You would both have your lawyer with you to ensure that a reasonable arrangement is reached and they will give recommendations throughout the meeting. To discover a collaborative law lawyer contact Resolution.

, if you still can’t agree


Arbitration is an alternative to going to court. It is a formal, personal and binding procedure for solving household disputes, and can only be utilized for monetary matters; it can’t be used to solve disputes about plans for kids. And you can select your arbitrator if you reach an arrangement through arbitration there won’t be any public court records.

Arbitration is comparable to the court procedure. It can be quicker and less expensive than going to court.

Asking the court to decide

Applying to the court must be the last hope, 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 make an application for 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 discuss the viability of mediation. This is called a Mediation Information Assessment Fulfilling. There are exemptions to participating in a meeting, for example if you have actually suffered domestic violence.

To find out more contact National Family Mediation or visit the Family Mediation Council site.

The court will motivate you to reach an agreement, however if you can’t it might be essential 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 children:

  • Adult obligation order– an order granting a moms and dad or carer the legal rights
  • and duties of a moms and dad– to learn more see the Gingerbread factsheet Adult duty.
  • Kid plans order– sets out when a child remains and sees with a particular individual, normally a moms and dad. These orders have changed contact and home orders
  • Specific concern order– to choose a specific point of disagreement, such as where a child will go to school, or which religious beliefs they must follow
  • Restricted steps order– stops a person doing something with or to a child, for example to stop a parent taking a kid abroad, or from picking a kid up from school.

How does a court make a decision about our children?

When choosing whether to make an order, the court must consider whether it would be much better for the well-being of the child to make an order than not make an order. The court will not make an order unless it’s required. The welfare of the child must be the court’s top concern when making decisions. This is referred to as ‘the well-being principle’.

There are certain things that a court thinks about when choosing what remains in a kid’s best interests. This is called the ‘welfare list’. The court thinks about all the circumstances of the case and not simply the checklist, however it’s the beginning point.

The checklist is:

  • The desires and sensations of the kid (because of their age and understanding).
  • The kid’s physical, educational and psychological needs.
  • The most likely effect on the kid of any changes in scenarios.
  • The child’s age, sex, background and any attributes which the court considers appropriate.
  • Any harm the kid has actually suffered or is at danger of suffering.
  • How capable each of the parents (or other pertinent individual) is of satisfying the child’s needs.
  • The variety of powers readily available to the court.

If you’re considering obtaining a court order, or your child’s other parent has actually gotten a court order, you need to think of getting legal guidance. If you can’t get aid with the expenses through legal help, seeing a lawyer can be expensive.

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

For more information see the Gingerbread factsheet Getting Legal Help.

If you’re making arrangements for your kid, it’s crucial to take into factor to consider what your child needs and desires. The arbitrator will help you and your kid’s other moms and dad have your say, and it is the 2 of you who make the decisions. When deciding 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 child should be the court’s leading priority when making decisions. There are specific things that a court thinks about when choosing 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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