When a relationship comes to an end, we know how difficult it can be. At Anthony Collins Solicitors, our family mediators understand how hard separation is and have many years experience in helping separated couples find workable solutions themselves. This limits the stress and upset that these difficult situations can cause. 

Although the process of family mediation is managed by a family mediator, the content is set by the separating couple. The family mediator will not make decisions or give advice, but they will assist in negotiations, giving legal information in an effort to encourage settlement. This allows the separating couple to work out the arrangements for themselves and, where applicable, for their children. Access to legal advice is very important at all stages in family mediation. Prior to an initial session, parties may need advice about the process of family mediation itself, what to expect and what can/cannot, be achieved within the family mediation process. We can help you with that.

In financial matters, family mediation requires full and frank disclosure of financial information. Without the family mediator knowing what there is, he or she cannot help parties consider how finances need to be divided. Disclosure is usually provided in one of two ways: either by the completion of a financial booklet (provided by the family mediators), or a more formal court form known as 'form E'. If required, we give impartial information to help parties to complete these forms.

In both documents, as well as providing disclosure, parties will be asked to provide summaries of their income needs. We can assist parties in completing these summaries and ensuring the same are accurate and realistic. After completing disclosure, disclosure is exchanged via the mediator.

Sometimes the value of assets are unclear and it is commonplace for solicitors to identify gaps and signpost clients to specific experts can help e.g. pension providers and valuers. Subsequently, this can then be used in family mediation.

At the end of family mediation, where conclusions are reached, family mediators will draw up a Memorandum of Understanding, and in financial matters, an open financial statement. The documents help both you and your legal adviser to understand what conclusions have been reached, but also how you reached them. They can then be used by your legal adviser to create binding legal agreements.

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

For further information

To find out more about how we can be your family mediator, please contact a member of our 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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FAQ
  • How might a court deal with financial matters upon divorce?

    At Anthony Collins Solicitors, our Accredited Family Mediators are able to give independent and impartial legal information to parties going through separation matters. We are, however, unable to provide legal advice as that is a matter for parties own legal advisors. We appreciate however that not everyone coming to family mediation wants to or can afford to instruct a solicitor. For those that don’t or can’t, understanding how a court would consider resolving a financial matters on divorce can be a daunting task. In family mediation we do not try to find the best result for you but a conclusion that you both are comfortable with. Nevertheless it is often helpful to parties to understand how, if the they are unable to reach conclusions in family mediation a court would approach their financial matter and what factors a court would take into account.

    The Family Justice Council has provided guidance on this issue. Parties to family mediation, especially those without solicitors, are encouraged to read this document when coming to family mediation to learn more about how courts would approach their financial matters, if asked to do so. 

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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 family mediation sessions last for one to two hours and the service usually includes all pre and post-family 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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