Family Mediation Bromsgrove and Redditch
Welcome to family mediation Redditch and Bromsgrove.
We have family mediation centres across Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. If you would like to find out where your nearest centre is please contact us on 01527 864 651 for more information.
Family mediation what is it?
Mediation is an impartial process that allows ex-partners or separating partners the opportunity to speak about arrangements for children, finances, assets and a range of family issues in an environment that is safe. The process can also be used for grandparents and step-families. The mediator is non-judgemental and will at all times remain impartial and will give no advice, allowing those who come to mediation control of the decisions that they make. Mediators can provide information and if the mediation involves children the mediator will ensure that outcomes work best for the children.
If there is going to be on going contact between you and your ex partner or who ever you are mediating with, the mediator will work alongside you both to find effective ways for you to have ongoing communication.
A mediator will work alongside you to ensure the agreements that you have made will work for you long term. Family mediators understand that these conversations are delicate and are trained to the highest standards, to ensure that the process is handled skilfully, sensitively and in a timely manner. We will ask questions that can sometimes be difficult, in an effort to bring participants to a realistic outcome.
For more information please contact us on 01527 864 651.
Bromsgrove and Redditch family mediation the process
Your first meeting is known as a MIAM a mediation information assessment meeting. Ex partners do not usually attend this meeting together. This meeting gives you the opportunity to ask questions and also for you and the mediator to see if this process is suitable. If mediation is the right process for you then the mediator will contact your ex partner by letter in which they will have 7 days to respond. If they wish to come to mediation they will also attend a MIAM. If both people decide to go forward we will arrange a time and date that is suitable for both of you to attend your joint meeting. The mediator will ensure that you both have equal amounts of time to speak, air your concerns and to work together to find solutions.
In the event that your ex partner does not wish to enter into mediation we can still sign the necessary MIAM Certificate to allow you to make an application to the court if it is suitable.
The mediation process is voluntary meaning that no one is forced to be there. It is 100% confidential so participants can feel confident that their discussions are private. The only exception to this is risk of harm. It is an impartial process meaning the mediator doesn’t take sides and is self determined meaning that the decisions you make are decisions and choices that you make together, giving you control of the situation.
Benefits of our mediation service
There are many benefits of utilising family mediation. It is much faster and cheaper than entering into court proceedings. It is a lot less stressful as you are not in the courtroom fighting for a specific position. The decisions that you and your ex partner have come to are more likely to work as you have both made the agreement, as opposed to having an agreement enforced upon you. It is also a lot quicker than entering into court proceedings as it can take years, where as mediation can be over in as little as 1 joint session but on average 3 joint sessions.
Family mediation costs
Some people may be entitled to legal aid, which may make the process free. It is very difficult to qualify for legal aid. When we carry out our basic legal aid assessment we would inform you as to whether you might be eligible.
We will discuss the cost of mediation with you before it takes place and can provide an estimate of the costs overall taking into account your current situation. The average amount of sessions it takes to complete mediation is 2-3, however some people depending on the complexity of their situation and their willingness, may need more or less sessions.
The cost of taking part in mediation can be significantly lower than engaging solicitors to collect the information and negotiate for you. The average cost per client for mediation was £675 compared to £2,823 for cases going to court. This in an average cost saving of £2,148.
If you would like to know more information about the costs of mediation across Bromsgrove, Redditch and surrounding Worcestershire towns please click here.
Questions asked frequently
“What qualifications do family mediators have?’’
All family mediators attend mediation foundation training before taking the family specialism. You then have to build a thorough portfolio, which includes shadowing other family practitioners, observations and a thorough competency framework as well as exams. All family mediators should be registered with the Family Mediation Council, which accredits you in carrying out family mediation. There is also a considerable amount of on going training to keep your family mediation accreditation.
“Can I bring a solicitor?’’
In family mediation we do encourage individuals to receive legal advice, if this makes them feel more comfortable. However, we don’t encourage individuals to bring their solicitors as this can often prevent negotiations from taking place.
All of our family mediators are registered with the Family Mediation Council and the College of Mediators.
Please note you will not be able to enter the office unless you have an appointment.
Our address is 27 New Road, Bromsgrove, B60 2JL. Phone number 01527 864 651.
Once you have found us please enter through the double doors and let reception know of your arrival.
By Bus: There are many bus routes from High Street, Bromsgrove, including the 144, 145, and the 318. The nearest bus stations to the centre are Stratford Road, Bromsgrove is 516 meters away, 7 min walk and St John Street – Market Hall, Bromsgrove is 546 meters away, 8 min walk.
On foot: Centre for Resolution Mediation is approximately 0.6 miles from Bromsgrove Town Centre. With Nationwide Building Society on your left, take the next left onto New Road. Walk for approximately 0.2 miles. You will cross over College Road and we are the next driveway on the left. We are opposite Wayside Carehome.
By Car: To drive to our family mediation centre using SAT NAV, please use the address 27 New Road, Bromsgrove, B60 2JL. Please note we share the Centre with Bromsgrove Private Clinic, so please keep an eye out for this sign.
Parking: We have free off-road parking at the centre.