CountryWide Mediation

CountryWide Mediation is a group of specialist Family Mediators assisting households across St Helens to work through separation and divorce and solve problems relating to financial and kids matters.
The CountryWide Mediation understands that divorce and separation are difficult and can be a tough time in your life. We improve communication and deal with you to allow separation or divorce to be carried out in a manner in which does not destroy your household.

Why would you think about family mediation as a choice?

Household Mediation motivates trust and assists to assist in much better interaction for the future.
Household Mediation is an alternative to the couple’s lawyers battling in Court. Rather it allows you both to come up with mutually helpful proposals together.
Parents in Family Mediation can make decisions on participation child care arrangements although there is a separation. The procedure assists to lower the negative impact of the divorce on the children.
Family Mediation encourages both parents to work on what they would both like to attain which is a less difficult process than court.
Family Mediation is a more affordable and much faster process than litigating. We have seen clients invest hundreds of thousands of pounds litigating in court. Family Mediation is a portion of the cost.
Family Mediation occurs over several weeks so it is quicker than court procedures where you could be waiting several months for the very first hearing date.
Family Mediation is confidential and the conferences are carried out in a private setting.

Household Mediation is a less expensive and much quicker process than going to court. We have seen clients spend hundreds of thousands of pounds litigating in court. Family Mediation is a portion of the cost.

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This page explains the process of family mediation, when mediation is essential and the anticipated standards of a household arbitrator.

What is mediation?

Mediation is the procedure by which families 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 celebrations to reach their own contracts agreeably, whilst trying to improve interaction in between them.

What are the advantages of mediation?

Mediation is recommended when parents discover it difficult to settle on making suitable plans for children after a family breakdown. There are numerous advantages to going to mediation, such as:

  • offering you more control over what decisions are made in relation to kids, rather than applying to the courts;
  • offering a less demanding way of handling delicate matters;
  • improving communication and helping you to sort out future plans;
  • permitting plans to be examined and altered much easier, so long as they are equally concurred by both parties; and
  • supplying a quicker and more affordable way of solving conflicts.

Are any contracts made through mediation legally binding?

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

What is a Mediation Information and EvaluationSatisfying (MIAM)?

A Mediation Information Assessment Satisfying is the very first meeting which will assist develop whether mediation will appropriate in your scenarios, and whether it will assist you to reach a contract.

What will take place at mediation?

The conciliator will look for common ground between you. If you’re not comfy with being in the same space as your ex-partner, the conciliator can set up ‘shuttle bus’ mediation. This is where the conciliator talks with you alone and after that speaks to your ex-partner with your propositions separately. It may take more than one session to reach a contract.

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

Do I have to go to mediation?

From April 2014, anybody applying to the courts for assistance in solving disagreements about finances or children will be needed to participate in a conference Mediation Information Assessment Meeting. This consists of any applications for:

  • Child Plans Order
  • Specific Concern Order
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Adult Obligation Order
  • An order appointing a Kid’s Guardian
  • Elimination from Jurisdiction Order
  • Unique Guardianship Order.

You will not need to attend mediation for the above applications if you are obtaining a Consent Order, or if there are continuous emergency situation proceedings, care proceedings or supervision procedures for a kid or there is an Emergency Defense Order, Care Order or Guidance Order in place.You can also be exempt from having to go to a MIAM, if you fulfil one of the exceptions laid out in paragraph 3 of the C100 application, which can be downloaded from A few of the primary exceptions consist of:

  • where there has been any kind of domestic violence in between you and your ex-partner and it has actually been reported to the authorities, courts, health professionals or specialised agency;
  • where the kid is the topic of a Kid Defense Plan or an area 47 enquiry;
  • where the scenario is a matter of seriousness, i.e. a threat of harm to the kid’s security;
  • where mediation has been attempted within the last four months; or
  • where the individual looking for to make the application does not have sufficient contact information of the other individual to which the application relates.

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

What can I get out of my mediator?

A household conciliator should act impartially and avoid any conflict of interest. A conciliator needs to stay neutral on the result of the mediation.

You should also expect the arbitrator to keep personal all details gotten throughout the course of mediation. The arbitrator can not even reveal info to the court, without the authorization of both participants. The conciliators might only divulge details where there are serious accusations of harm to a child or adult.

Mediation is a voluntary procedure and any session for mediation can be suspended or terminated, if it is felt that the celebrations are unwilling to fully take part in the process. Mediators should also motivate the participants to think about the wishes and sensations of the kids.

The length of time can mediation take?

Mediation can continue while it satisfies the needs of the private parties involved. The initial meeting lasts approximately 45 minutes. Complete mediation sessions will typically last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the situation.

What is the cost of mediation?

If you are on a low income or in invoice of certain advantages, you might be able to get Legal Aid to help with the expenses. If only one party is eligible for legal aid, Legal Help can cover the very first MIAM session for both of you. The conciliator should be able assess whether you are eligible for legal help or you can get in touch with Civil Legal Recommendations on 0345 345 4345.

For precise expenses, talk to your mediation company.

What if we can not reach a contract through mediation?

If you can not reach an agreement with the other participant, or mediation stops working for any other reason, for example the other celebration will not go to or the mediator feels that mediation is unfeasible, you may proceed with your conflict to the courts. You should ensure that the mediator signs and accredits your application.

Any contracts made throughout mediation are not lawfully binding in the sense of being enforceable in a court. If you’re not comfortable with being in the same room as your ex-partner, the arbitrator can set up ‘shuttle’ mediation. A conciliator must stay neutral on the outcome of the mediation. You must also expect the mediator to keep personal all information acquired during the course of mediation. Mediation can continue while it fulfills the requirements of the specific celebrations involved.

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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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