Eldridges is proud to boast that among our staff is James Thorn, the only commercial and family law mediator based locally on the Isle of Wight. James’ vast experience, in-depth knowledge, and personable approach are what make him a tremendously effective mediator.

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 Thorn LLB (Hons)

Associate Director / Solicitor

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