If you and your partner need to make important decisions about family life and cannot agree what to do, then seeing a family mediator could help. Whether you are struggling with financial issues following the breakdown of your relationship or in agreeing arrangements for your children, mediation offers you and your partner the opportunity to discuss your concerns with an independent person who has been trained to help you reach an agreement.
Mediation can also be used to agree contact arrangements between your children and their grandparents or other family members where relations have become strained.
Using mediation to resolve family disputes is not compulsory but is something that must have been explored in most cases before you go to court. Other than in exceptional circumstances, everyone involved in a family dispute will be expected to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to find out more about the mediation process and whether it could assist. Legal aid may be available to help cover the cost and you will still be free to seek legal advice later.
Mediation will not usually be appropriate in cases involving domestic violence or abuse.
Hatten Wyatt Solicitors in Kent are fortunate in having a family mediator within our family law team. With many years’ experience, Carole Webb is used to helping families make financial arrangements and resolve disputes about children, whether they arise in the context of divorce or civil partnership dissolution or following the breakdown of a relationship between an unmarried couple.
Carole can also carry out Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We have offices in Maidstone, Gravesend, Tonbridge, Chatham and Tenterden where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements from £95 plus VAT. Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse.
Get in touch
If you need help with a family law matter, please get in touch to see how we can help. You can call us on 01474 351199 or use our contact form and we will call you.