My Solicitor has referred me

Why have I been referred?

Your solicitor will have referred you to Focus for one of a number of reasons which may include:

  • You may be thinking about making a court application but your solicitor thinks that mediation may be more effective and has suggested that you contact us to find out more. Even if you end up going through court, the court expects you to have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting before making an application to court.¬†Guidance about this can be found in the Protocol to the Family Procedure Rules.
  • You can’t get legal aid to cover the cost of legal advice or going to court but legal aid is still available for mediation. If you qualify for legal aid, and have a mediation session, this will usually allow you to access a certain amount of free legal advice from a legal aid lawyer. Legal Aid is administered by the Legal Aid Agency.
  • You have told your solicitor that you want to try to resolve the issues as amicably as possible and feel that you and your former partner may be able to work together to do this.

What happens next?

On the day that we receive your details we will make contact with both you and the other person involved to see if you want to arrange an Information and Assessment meeting. This is to enable you to find out more about mediation before you make a decision about whether you want to try mediation.

At the assessment meeting you will have a discussion with one of our Mediators when you can explain your issues and the matter that you would like to deal with. This assessment meeting can be arranged either as a separate meeting for you only or as a joint meeting with the other person. There will only be a joint assessment meeting if that is what both of you want.

The Mediator will discuss with you whether or not mediation is suitable in your particular case and, if it is, whether you would like to go ahead with mediation. If you want to try mediation, the next step will be for the first mediation session to be arranged at a time that suits each of you.

It is likely that you will need this if you intend to make a court application.

Why Mediation?

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process that helps people sort out the issues that often arise as a result of the breakdown of a relationship. It is different from going to court or using a solicitor to negotiate on your behalf. more...

My solicitor has referred me

Your may have been referred to us by your solicitor for a number of different reasons. Whatever the reason we are here to help you come to a decision. more...

Cost of Mediation

Compared to using a solicitor, mediation is an extremely cost effective way of dealing with the issues that may arise following a separation. You may be eligible for Legal Aid. more...

Benefits of Mediation

Summed in five simple words.

  • Simplicity
  • Speed
  • Creativity
  • Control
  • Communication

  • more...

I want to try mediation

You do not need a solicitor to come to mediation. You can contact Focus Family mediation yourself to find out all about mediation before deciding whether you want to go ahead. more...

Child Consultation

Sometimes parents disagree about what is best for their children. One way of dealing with this is for the child or children to become involved in the mediation by talking directly with the mediator. more...

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