If you are facing divorce or separation, our mediation team can help you reach a workable outcome for children, property, finance and other important matters.
When a relationship breaks down, whether you are married or not, problems can arise about children, money and property. Mediation can help all parties involved resolve issues around how assets will be divided, what will happen to the family home and who is to care for any children. Mediation isn't just for parents of children; we also support grandparents who are struggling to gain access to see their grandchildren.
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which an independent and impartial mediator will assist both parties to reach a workable outcome, avoiding the need for costly and lengthy court proceedings. Mediators will help parties consider options and reality test proposals to see if they are workable.
Although a voluntary process, a consideration of mediation and attendance at a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is now required before any application can be made to the court in respect of the child and financial matters.
Our offices in Birmingham are well equipped for holding mediation meetings, with some meeting rooms available for use.
Our mediation service
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we offer sole or co-mediation and all of our mediators are qualified solicitors with extensive knowledge of family law and court proceedings. Our mediators are accredited by the Family Mediation Council, and we can offer single male or female or mixed co-mediator meetings.
Our experienced mediators assist negotiation to encourage settlement and, if conclusions are reached, can provide written summaries that enable parties or the legal advisors to draw up binding agreements. We will work with both parties to provide impartial, unbiased legal information to assist clients in reaching their decisions.
While mediation is typically between adult parties, in some instance child-inclusive mediation may be required. At Anthony Collins Solicitors we have mediators who can speak directly with children over the age of nine.
Whether you are married, in a civil partnership, living together, grandparents or in a same-sex relationship, our experienced mediation team can help with:
- Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs);
- Separation and divorce;
- Housing and property arrangements;
- Care of children and visiting arrangements; and
- Financial support.
All of our family mediators are legally-trained family specialists who are recognised and respected throughout the West Midlands - and at a national level. Our advice is practical, clear and we work with our clients to guide them through every step of the legal process and are considered by our clients and referrers for delivering a bespoke and professional service.
We can conduct MIAM appointments at short notice if required, and our support network ensures that you are kept informed throughout the mediation process and receive documentation in a timely fashion. Our experienced teams have the knowledge, experience and sensitivity to assist individuals and their families through periods of uncertainty and difficulty.
Legal aid is potentially available to those considering mediation. If you think you might be eligible, please use this calculator to find out more. Although, here at Anthony Collins Solicitors, we are unable to offer family mediation services where legal aid is concerned, we can help you with finding legal-aid mediation providers if you are eligible.
If you're ready to start the mediation process, please complete our mediation form and we'll get in touch. You can find the form here.
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