Family law mediation in the UK is a process designed to help couples or families resolve disputes or conflicts regarding family matters outside of a courtroom. It is an alternative to traditional litigation and is considered a more amicable and cooperative approach to resolving issues.
In family law mediation, a trained and neutral third-party mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between the involved parties. The mediator does not make decisions but assists in guiding discussions, identifying common ground, and exploring potential solutions that are mutually acceptable.
The main goal of family law mediation is to help the parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement on various issues related to family matters. Mediation can be particularly beneficial for preserving relationships, minimising conflict, and allowing parties to have more control over the outcome.
The mediation process typically involves multiple sessions where the mediator helps the parties identify their concerns, interests, and priorities. Through open and respectful dialogue, the parties work towards finding practical and mutually agreeable solutions that meet the best interests of all parties involved.
Family law mediation is often encouraged by the legal system and is considered a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to going to court. It empowers the parties to actively participate in decision-making and promotes a more harmonious resolution of family disputes. It is also important to note that in some instances, you cannot go to court unless you have attempted mediation.
It’s important to note that while mediation can be a beneficial option for many families, it may not be suitable in cases involving domestic abuse, power imbalances, or situations where one party refuses to engage in good faith. In such cases, seeking legal advice from a family law solicitor may be necessary to explore other options for resolving the issues.
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James’ particular specialism is in Family law and finds his ‘problem solving approach’ particularly effective in guiding people through tough times in their personal lives, whether it be in relation to Divorce unmarried separation, Child arrangements, Financial/Property issues, or a combination of these. He is known for getting to the heart of the problem quickly and trying to resolve issues swiftly, if at all possible without having to resort to Court proceedings or run up substantial costs.
He has a substantial following and receives many recommendations from former clients and fellow professionals. James has been on the Island since 1996 and while he has experience in areas such as crime, civil litigation and employment law, it is Family law that has been his continual interest. In 2010 he became the first solicitor on the Island to qualify as a family mediator; a way of avoiding the unpleasantness, time and expense associated with going to court. He still deals with financial mediation work on a private basis.
He does enjoy the cut and thrust of Court though, and is a well-regarded advocate. He is also very regularly instructed in his other main specialist area, employment law, representing employee or employer.
James is very active in the local community. As a well-known musician, he runs the annual Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend, and organises many music events at the Quay Arts Centre, where he has also served a Trustee. He is also a popular local sportsman: as well as having been Chairman of the Isle of Wight Cricket Board between 2006 and 2010, he has scored over 10,000 runs for Shanklin CC! James is also a very keen golfer and in his spare time he runs the junior golf section at his local Club.