Our Family Mediation Services

CountryWide Mediation was among the first family mediation services
to be established in the nation and it is now among the primary providers of family mediation in the Watford.

We have an incomparable depth of knowledge, ability and experience in fixing issues and fixing conflict and disagreements within households.

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

We have our own dedicated mediation facilities in a peaceful yet main place, with 3 mediation spaces, separate waiting locations, a reception location with additional seating and a back office.

We have the ability to offer very first meeting/ MIAMs consultations (for people) within 24hours and appointments for mediation meetings (for both celebrations), within 5 working days.

We offer both legally aided and privately moneyed mediation covering all Watford.

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When you can’t agree, assist

Whether you have recently separated or your circumstances have actually altered, you may need some help to come to an arrangement with your child’s other moms and dad about arrangements for your kids, monetary matters or residential or commercial property.

This page explains the various options available to assist you negotiate and communicate better and deal with any conflicts. If there are reasons it is not suitable to negotiate with your child’s other moms and dad, for instance if they are a hazard to you or your child or you have suffered domestic violence, you need to get legal suggestions.

First steps

If you have not already, take a look at our factsheet Making arrangements for your kids. It provides some fundamental actions to help you have more reliable conversations about your children.

Looking after yourself

If you have been through a difficult break-up or a stressful or mentally challenging time, taking steps to look after yourself and using the aid that’s available will assist you make better decisions.

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

The Gingerbread factsheet Caring for your emotional health will provide you advice on how to get in much better shape to make those crucial decisions.

Do you require legal guidance?

Your home and any property you own or financial obligations you have if you’re separating or have just recently separated you will require to consider your financial resources. You must discover your legal rights prior to you work out.

To find family law lawyers who take a non-confrontational method contact Resolution, who can put you in touch with a regional solicitor. Civil
Legal Advice can also refer you to a local solicitor and assess your entitlement to legal help (see listed below). To learn more on what legal advice
is readily available see the Gingerbread factsheet
Getting Legal Assistance.

Assisting you talk

Often it’s hard to know where to begin or how to make things better. A variety of organisations can help, whether in person, over the phone, by means of email or online. This type of support will assist you to understand:

  • How you are feeling
  • Why communication can be so tough
  • Why it is worth attempting to improve the method you interact
  • What favorable steps you can take to alter the situation and make it much easier for you both to speak with each other.

Some programs are developed to assist you gain skills that will assist you negotiate in a calm and favorable method. A few of the services on offer are complimentary 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 scenario.


Mediation can help solve disagreements on useful problems, with the guidance of a qualified professional. It’s a voluntary procedure, neither moms and dad can be forced to attempt mediation if they don’t want to. It is not counselling or assistance– the focus is on making an agreement that works instead of discussing feelings.

Arbitrators can’t give you legal advice, and it’s suggested to get legal advice before you use mediation, especially if you require to decide monetary problems. Most people going through mediation discover it handy 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 select one. If you get legal aid for mediation, you might likewise secure free legal guidance
during mediation.

If you’re making plans for your child, it’s crucial to take into consideration what your child desires and requires. A conciliator will focus on making a child-centred contract, which must be in the child’s finest interest.

What takes place in mediation?

You and your child’s other moms and dad will discuss the issues you require to work out, and the arbitrator will lead the conversation and help you focus. The conciliator will assist 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 take or dominate over, but the mediator will work to make certain you are both heard.

Who is mediation appropriate for?

Mediation relies on two people wanting to resolve their disagreement, despite the fact that they have really various viewpoints at the start of the procedure.

Mediation is not suitable in certain scenarios. If you have actually remained in a violent or violent relationship with your kid’s other moms and dad, mediation may not be appropriate for you.

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

Is it legally binding?

The arbitrator will draw up a written document for you if you are able to reach an arrangement with your kid’s other moms and dad. You might wish to get legal advice on whether it is fair to you, specifically if it’s about financial resources.

The arrangement provided by the arbitrator is not lawfully binding, however if you would like it to be, a court can make an agreement about financial resources into a ‘consent order’. This means you have a court order, but you have actually chosen it rather than a judge. The court will need to examine the arrangement is reasonable prior to they grant the order. The current cost for an approval order is ₤ 50, however if you’re on a low earnings it may be minimized– you can ask at the court for more information on expenses prior to you pay.

Just how much does it cost?

Mediation costs will vary depending upon the service you utilize. Depending upon your income, you might be qualified for legal aid funding, which implies it would be complimentary. For an evaluation to see if you get approved for legal help contact Civil Legal Recommendations.

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

The amount of sessions you need will depend upon the problems you require to resolve, however in between three and five 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 offer you general info about mediation, and information of a regional non-profit making mediation service.

Utilizing a solicitor to work out

If negotiating with your kid’s other parent directly and using an arbitrator is not appropriate or has actually stopped working, you could ask a solicitor to negotiate for you.

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

When you have actually gone over with the solicitor what your options are and what decision a court may make in your situations, you will require to provide clear instructions on how you want to proceed.

Collective law

Collaborative law includes agreeing that you will not go to court, and you will solve the disagreement between you and your lawyers. It typically indicates meeting with your kid’s other parent and their lawyer in person and trying to reach an agreement around the table.

You would both have your solicitor with you to make sure that a fair contract is reached and they will give recommendations 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 resolving household disputes, and can only be utilized for monetary matters; it can’t be utilized to solve conflicts about arrangements for kids. And you can choose 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 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 stopped working or aren’t appropriate. Court action can be pricey and lengthy, and parents might not get the outcome they want.

Before you can obtain a court order, many people will need to think about mediation, and show a kind at the court to prove that you have actually been to a meeting to go over the suitability of mediation. This is called a Mediation Information Assessment Fulfilling. There are exemptions to attending a meeting, for instance if you have actually suffered domestic violence.

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

The court will encourage you to reach a contract, but if you can’t it may be essential for the court to provide an order.

Orders for children

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

  • Adult obligation order– an order giving a parent or carer the legal rights
  • and obligations of a parent– for more details see the Gingerbread factsheet Adult obligation.
  • Child plans order– sets out when a kid stays and sees with a particular person, normally a parent. These orders have replaced contact and home orders
  • Specific issue order– to choose a particular point of disagreement, such as where a child will go to school, or which faith they must follow
  • Forbidden 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 child up from school.

How does a court decide about our kids?

When deciding whether to make an order, the court needs to 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 top priority when making decisions.

When choosing what’s in a kid’s finest interests, there are certain things that a court considers. This is called the ‘well-being list’. The court thinks about all the situations of the case and not simply the list, but it’s the beginning point.

The list is:

  • The desires and sensations of the child (in light of their age and understanding).
  • The child’s physical, psychological and instructional requirements.
  • The likely impact on the child of any changes in circumstances.
  • The kid’s age, sex, background and any attributes which the court considers pertinent.
  • Any harm the kid has suffered or is at risk of suffering.
  • How capable each of the moms and dads (or other relevant individual) is of satisfying the child’s requirements.
  • The range of powers offered to the court.

If you’re considering obtaining a court order, or your child’s other parent has applied for a court order, you must think of getting legal recommendations. Seeing a lawyer can be costly if you can’t get assist with the costs through legal aid.

If it’s not possible for you to see a lawyer, consider getting some assistance from an organisation that can provide you some guidance for free, such as Rights of Ladies or Citizens Advice.

For more details see the Gingerbread factsheet Getting Legal Assistance.

If you’re making plans for your kid, it’s crucial to take into factor to consider what your kid requires and wants. 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 choices. When deciding whether to make an order, the court needs to think about 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 child should be the court’s top concern when making choices. There are particular things that a court thinks about when choosing what’s in a kid’s finest interests.

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About Mediation in WikiPedia

Mediation is an organized, interactive process where an unbiased third event assists disputing parties in dealing with problem with making use of specialized communication as well as arrangement strategies. All individuals in mediation are encouraged to actively join the procedure. Arbitration is a “party-centered” procedure because it is concentrated largely upon the needs, rights, and also rate of interests of the celebrations. The moderator utilizes a wide range of methods to assist the procedure in an useful instructions and also to aid the celebrations discover their optimum remedy. A conciliator is facilitative in that she/he takes care of the interaction in between parties and also facilitates open interaction. Mediation is likewise evaluative in that the moderator analyzes problems as well as pertinent standards (“reality-testing”), while refraining from offering authoritative recommendations to the events (e.g., “You need to do …”).

Mediation, as made use of in legislation, is a type of different conflict resolution fixing conflicts between two or more parties with concrete impacts. Generally, a 3rd celebration, the moderator, helps the parties to bargain a settlement. Disputants may mediate disagreements in a selection of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, office, family, as well as community matters.

The term “arbitration” broadly refers to any instance in which a 3rd event assists others reach an agreement. Much more specifically, mediation has a structure, schedule, and also dynamics that “average” negotiation lacks. The process is personal and exclusive, perhaps implemented by legislation. Engagement is commonly volunteer. The mediator serves as a neutral third event and assists in instead than directs the process. Mediation is coming to be a more tranquil and globally accepted remedy to end the problem. Arbitration can be made use of to resolve disputes of any type of size.

The term “arbitration,” nevertheless, because of language along with nationwide legal standards and also laws is not the same in content in all nations however rather has specific connotations, as well as there are some distinctions in between Other nations and also anglo-saxon definitions, especially countries with a civil, legal regulation tradition.Mediators make use of different

techniques to open, or boost, dialogue and compassion in between disputants, intending to aid the celebrations reach an arrangement. Much depends upon the mediator’s skill and also training. As the technique acquired appeal, training programs, accreditations, and licensing complied with, which created specialist as well as trained mediators committed to the discipline.

Arbitration is a “party-centered” process in that it is concentrated largely upon the requirements, rights, as well as rate of interests of the events. Arbitration, as utilized in legislation, is a form of different dispute resolution solving disagreements between two or more parties with concrete impacts. Usually, a third celebration, the conciliator, helps the parties to work out a settlement.

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