Mediators working in family mediation have specialist training as a Mediator and will be able to provide all the information the parties require to make an informed choice and reach agreement.
During the family mediation process, it is common for one or either party to seek independent legal advice on what is being discussed during the meetings.
Lawyers supported mediation involves both parties appointing their own lawyers to advise on the law and the implications of any potential agreements discussed with the Mediator.
The parties can each appoint their own lawyer from the same firm of divorce solicitors who will work co-operatively, but offer independent advice to each party on the outcome of the mediation meetings.
This approach can help speed up the mediation process and reduce the costs of family mediation and taking independent legal advice.
If one party has already appointed a divorce solicitor and the other party is seeking family mediation, in lawyers supported mediation the Mediator would liase with the other party’s divorce lawyer to initiate the mediation process. This can be especially helpful if one party is pushing to go to court to reach agreement or has already refused family mediation.
The courts now require couples to consider family mediation before proceeding to court – even if a couple is not suitable for family mediation, it is a legal requirement to show that it has been considered by completing a C100 form before a court hearing can take place.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors have recognised expertise in negotiating settlements in contested divorce cases of when dissolving civil partnerships –and our own Mediators include Resolution qualified Professional Practice Consultants.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and members of the Law Society Children Panel.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors are well placed to advise both on contested divorce cases and civil partnership agreements and family mediation as an alternative to litigation.
Duncan Lewis advises on international marriage and divorce and Islamic marriage and divorce – our staff speak more than 70 languages between them and Duncan Lewis also has successful departments covering property law, immigration law, child care and litigation.
Duncan Lewis also has expertise in divorces and dissolution of civil partnerships involving high net worth individuals – and can arrange lawyers supported family mediation to resolve any issues surrounding shared assets, protecting financial assets and business assets, and providing for any children of the relationship or a previous relationship, including step-children.
Since reforms to Legal Aid cut public funding for divorce and other family cases, couple who are separating, divorcing or dissolving a civil partnership are required to pay their own costs.
Duncan Lewis family solicitors offer an initial client meeting with a fixed fee for legal advice on lawyers supported family mediation.
Once the details of a case have been assessed it is usually possible to offer a further fixed fee scale, which clients will be advised of in advance.
For expert legal advice on Lawyers Supported Family Mediation, call Duncan Lewis Divorce Solicitors in confidence on 020 7923 4020.