Direct access with children, as part of the family mediation process

Our trained and accredited family mediators will meet with appropriate children and speak to them. While family mediation is typically between adult parties, in some instances child-inclusive mediation may be required. Through direct child-inclusive consultation, our family mediators can speak confidentially to children, establishing an appropriate level of trust. They are trained to speak to them in an appropriate way and will only report back to parents what a child is comfortable with.

At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we have family mediators who are accredited to speak directly to children, normally over the age of nine, independently from their parents. In our experience, this can be beneficial as, sometimes, children’s views cannot be accurately ascertained by the parents. This can be because they do not want to speak to their parents about this topic or, more commonly, they can give conflicting and contradictory views to each parent because they are trying to please them both. We find that direct communication often helps children, as it makes them feel like they have a voice. Often it is helpful to hear directly from children, both about how how they are coping and what their views are. It can also help parties to consider, where applicable, the effect of their continuing conflict upon children.

We are happy to talk to you about child-inclusive family mediation and how it could work for you. We also provide mediation services for:

For further information

To find out more about how we can be your family mediator, inclusive of children, please contact a member of our family mediation team: Chris Lloyd-Smith, Maria Ramon, or Elisabeth Howe.

We've produced a glossary of family mediation terms to help you get started.

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Our family mediation services are charged at a competitive hourly rate, on a pay-as-you-go basis to help you manage your cash flow. Fees are set at £120 (including VAT) per person for a MIAM, £180 (including VAT) per person, per hour for sole mediation and £210 (including VAT) per person, per hour for co-mediation. Child-inclusive mediation is £180 per hour (split equally between the parties.)

On average mediation sessions last for one to two hours and the service usually includes all pre and post mediation administration, including routine correspondence, telephone calls or emails.

If preparation for your session is required, for example for consideration of documents or you require a summary of any session, then this will be charged at £180 per hour (including VAT).

If an agreement is reached there will be a charge for the preparation of the document recording it of £180 per hour (including VAT). 

In cases where the joint income exceeds £100,000 per annum and joint assets exceed £1million, or where financial disclosure is copious and complicated, issues and risks may be more complex and the above rates may not apply. We will discuss your options with you before we proceed and aim to agree an appropriate rate with you, depending on your individual requirements and circumstances.

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