Helping you choose the right solution

Family Mediation is a process in which a couple, or any other family members, agree to engage the services of a neutral third party to help them resolve issues arising from a relationship breakdown such as divorce, children issues and property and financial disputes. 

The Mediator is impartial and has no authority to make any decisions with regard to the issues but can help people reach their own informed decisions by negotiation. This process can take place at any time, whether or not there are any other legal proceedings in place. 

The role of the Mediator is to work with people to assist them in talking through their problems. Mediation does not replace legal advice. The Mediator remains impartial throughout and cannot give advice but can provide legal information on an even-handed basis.

Mediation provides an environment where parties can voice their opinions, freely talk and discuss the options available to them, and make their own decisions and agreements about the way forward.

James Thorn has been a solicitor since 1999 and has specialised in family law ever since. He has always had a keen interest in Mediation as an alternative to the more traditional Court process and qualified as a Mediator in early 2010. 

Mediation comes with many advantages including the overall cost being likely less than matters handled in the Court system, the process going significantly quicker and often resulting in parties having a better level of mutual communication and respect which assists greatly in cases where children are involved.

Summary: 

Family Mediation is a process in which a couple, or any other family members, agree to engage the services of a neutral third party to help them resolve issues arising from a relationship breakdown such as divorce, children issues and property and fi