Mediation is an increasingly common alternative to litigation (ie pursuing matters through the courts) to resolve disputes or conflict. It can save unnecessary acrimony and expense and can bring matters to a swift and mutually acceptable conclusion. Hellwell Pasley & Brewer have been awarded a legal aid contract by the Legal Services Commission for the provision of mediation services.
Mediation Sessions can be arranged at any of the firm’s three offices in Dewsbury or Birstall and disabled access is available.
Separate... and stay friends
The Hellewell Pasley & Brewer Family Mediation Service can help families to reach an amicable divorce settlement, saving uneccessary acrimony and expense. We strongly urge any couples seeking to dissolve their relationship to consider Mediation as their first port of call in reaching a settlement.
What Mediation Can Offer You
When two people are facing separation or divorce it is vital to make arrangements for the future which are both fair and workable. In all cases, and particularly where children and financial matters are involved, it is in everyone’s best interests for agreement to be reached with the minimum of conflict or distress, and avoiding expensive arguments in court.
How Mediation Works
A mediator will listen sympathetically to both points of view and give you essential legal information which you will need in order to reach an agreement.
A mediator will also help you to collect all of the information which you will need and to consider what possible options are open to you. A mediator will assist you and your partner (or former partner) to discuss and resolve any issues connected with separation or divorce, including financial matters, care of and contact with children, housing, property and any other issues you wish to resolve.
Mediators are impartial and your meetings with them are confidential. They do not take sides nor make choices for you, but help you to make your own informed decisions.
How much does Mediation Cost?
Mediators' charges are calculated on an hourly rate. The costs can be shared between you in any way you choose. Public Funding (previously known as Legal Aid) may be available if you quality financially. Please dicuss this with your Mediator at your initial assessment meeting.
How long does it take?
Succesful mediation averages four sessions. However, if your particular circumstances are complicated, or there is substantial disagreement between the parties, more meetings may be necessary.
How Successful Are The Results of Mediation?
Research shows that 80% of couples who saw mediators reached some sort of agreement and most were satisfied with the outcome. Mediation made communication easier and the separation or divorce less stressful, as well as helping couples to co-operate where their children were concerned. Most couples felt that mediation had enabled them to put forward their points of view and concerns in a way that would otherwise have not been possible.
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