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Family Mediation

Family Mediation covers everything from separation and divorce to disputes over a will.  Peaceworks' trained family mediators can help you with a range of issues such as:

1.  Family breakdown

2.  Separation

3.  Divorce

4.  Family disagreements after bereavement

Although Peaceworks can't undertake publicly funded work, (i.e., legal aid) we will be happy to point you in the right direction so you can find someone who can help you.  The Family Mediation Council is a good place to start. It's also fair to point out right at the start, that there will be a cost involved, if you decide to go ahead with Peaceworks as your mediators.  At the moment, Peaceworks deal with cases post-separation and divorce, but we can advise you if you haven't reached that stage yet and let you know where you can get some help.  Call us if you're not sure on 01243 820604 or email chris@peaceworks.org.uk

More about family mediation:

There's no age limit on family mediation.  You don't have to be a divorcing or separating couple to contact us. But of course, we can help if there's a problem over who should have the family home, access to children, finances and the different routes to separation.   It is an entirely voluntary process which can often mean that the courts don't have to get involved in the issues.  It is confidential, so you don't have to worry about privacy, but it's important to stress that if there is any question about the safety of children or adults who are at risk, the appropriate agency will be contacted.  

Mediation isn't about telling you what to do, it's about helping you come to an agreement that everyone's happy with.  This is an important point because if the agreement comes from you and not the mediators, it's much more likely that some level of trust can be established, and most importantly, some communication.  

Advice about family mediation is everywhere on the internet, but Peaceworks are here to help and support you through a difficult time for all concerned.  It's important to mention that sometimes, two mediators will work with the family, and this is called Co-mediation.  It doesn't mean they will take sides, just that if there are a range of issues, it can sometimes be helpful to have two mediators.

Contact with the children after divorce

If a contact order is in place as part of the divorce proceedings, the role of a mediator would be to help the parents decide between themselves how the contact should happen, rather than the courts deciding - or for you to present to the court as your agreed option.  This is not always possible but current advice is that consideration must and should be given to the best interests of the children after a divorce and case law supports this view.  Legally, the presumption in case law is that the children have the right to know both parents after divorce unless there are proven reasons why this would be inadvisable for them.  This would be so in cases where domestic violence has been an issue and depending on the severity of the incidents, access and contact will be subject to consideration by the court.  Contact centres are a commonly used stop-gap when access is problematic, where an absent parent may see the children but with supervision in place.

Gingerbread

Gingerbread, the advice and support organisation for single parents, provide a range of factsheets and helpful links about contact and the legal position.  

Peaceworks

We will make sure you are supported with consideration and care through the process of mediation.  Peaceworks' family mediation is there for you, so give us a call: 01243 820604 or email chris@peaceworks.org.uk

Cost

If you live in West Sussex, Peaceworks charge £50 per person for the initial MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting).  This is a conversation about mediation, assessing whether it is an appropriate way forward for you before incurring the cost of a full mediation process.  This helps to sort out your feelings about the process and gives you the opportunity for some professional support before mediation begins.  Then, we suggest a two hour mediation session which costs £150 per person.  This represents very good value - ask around.  Any subsequent meetings would be charged at £150 per person (based on the two hour timescale).