Family law - Mediation Taylor&Emmet LLP provide mediation in relation to children and financial issues to families in crisis. Our experienced mediation team can provide you with a sympathetic ear on a range of issues. Call our family mediators on 0114 218 4000 or tell us what happened so we can help. A TIME TO TALK An impartial mediator meets both parties in dispute separately at first and then together. Families are able to work out arrangements for children and division of property by focussing on practical solutions. In mediation there are no winners or losers. The aim is to work towards an outcome which both parties regard as reasonable. Mediation is recognised as the first choice for separating couples who wish to reduce the emotional damage that separation can inflict on the whole family. A time to listen Mediation can help to improve communication between you and your partner so you are able to work out fair solutions to family problems. By meeting face to face, you will be much more likely to avoid misunderstandings and build firm foundations for the future. Mediation is voluntary and is a choice which you are free to make or not. It enables you to retain control of family decisions. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Frequently asked questions Is family mediation only for married couples? No. We can help married, unmarried and same sex couples to find solutions to family disputes. What if my partner and I are still living together? Do you think mediation could be helpful? This may be a difficult time for you, but it may be a good opportunity to agree arrangements for separation, particularly those for the children. What kind of issues can mediation help to resolve? We can help you to work out both the division of family assets and arrangements for children. In cases where divorce is an issue, we can help you and your partner to agree the basis of a divorce petition around the table. If I come to mediation, do I still need to incur the cost of a solicitor? Yes. You will need a solicitor to give you your own independent legal advice. Even though almost all our mediators are lawyers, they cannot advise each of you separately, but can only provide legal information to both of you together. Do you think I will save money by attending mediation? There is no doubt that when couples are separating, resources are frequently limited. We are sure you will find that costs are substantially reduced by working out arrangements for separation around the table. The initial meeting will give you and your partner an opportunity to learn about the mediation process. You will then be able to make an informed decision about whether it is the right course of action for you. It will also give the mediator an opportunity to assess you for public funding and check whether your case is suitable for mediation. How long do you think mediation will take? As soon as you and your partner have each attended an initial assessment meeting, we will make an appointment for you to attend a meeting together. Many of our cases are settled in 2 or 3 joint meetings. In cases where there are a number of family assets, it greatly speeds up the mediation process if you can obtain valuations of assets in time for the first meeting. Transfer values of pensions are often difficult to obtain and can hold up the mediation process. They should be applied for at the earliest opportunity.