FM Family Law launches voucher scheme for Family Mediation Week 2024

FM Family Law launches voucher scheme for Family Mediation Week 2024

FM Family Law is proud to be supporting Family Mediation Week this year which runs from 22 January to 26 January 2024. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of family mediation and the many benefits it can bring families experiencing separation.

Mediation is a way for you to discuss and resolve issues away from lawyers and away from court. The role of the mediator is to remain neutral, facilitate and support discussions, as well as to help explore various options. Where appropriate, family mediation can be a great option for you to take control, make decisions together and build a positive future for themselves and their family, particularly if there are children involved.

In support of Family Mediation Week, FM Family Law is pleased to announce that we will be offering a voucher scheme. The voucher will provide a contribution of £500 (£250 each) towards the cost of the first two joint mediation meetings. The voucher will be available on request and is subject to availability. Full details and terms below.

We have three experienced Resolution Family Mediators at FM Family Law: Sue Bailey, Christina Hale and Emma Wager.

If you would like to enquire about booking your mediation meeting with one of our mediators please contact us:

Contact us on 01223 826000 (Cambridge) or 01603 343660 (Norwich) to enquire.

You can also read more about our family mediation service here.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Each joint mediation meeting is charged at £500 inc vat (£250 inc vat per participant) for 90 minutes at the standard rate, thus the total cost for two joint mediation meetings at the standard rate would be £1,000 inc vat (£500 inc vat per participant).
  2. The voucher offers a total discount of £500 inc vat (£250 inc vat per participant) exclusively against the cost of the first two joint mediation meetings with FM Family Law, therefore the voucher will reduce the cost of each joint mediation meeting to £250 inc vat (£125 inc vat per participant).
  3. To qualify for the voucher:
    – The voucher scheme must be specifically requested at the time of booking;

    – each participant must have completed their initial intake meeting with their mediator;
    – should both participants agree to mediate after their respective first individual meetings, and the mediator considers the matter appropriate for mediation, then the first two joint mediation meetings will be arranged, invoiced and paid in advance.
  4. The voucher applies providing there are two joint mediation meetings or more. If in fact only one joint mediation meeting takes place, no refund is offered to participants as the £250 inc vat cost after applying the voucher is to cover the cost of the first two joint mediation meetings.
  5. The voucher does not apply to other work related to mediation or to further mediation sessions, the costs of which can be provided on request.
  6. If the first two joint mediation meetings over run the allotted 90 minutes (each) then the extra time will be invoiced after the meeting.
  7. The voucher has no cash value and cannot be transferred, or exchanged for alternative services.
  8. This offer is limited and subject to availability, and FM Family Law reserves the right to modify or withdraw the scheme at any time.
  9. Meetings will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
  10. FM Family Law reserves the right to refuse or terminate mediation services if any participant breaches the terms and conditions outlined herein.

By participating in this voucher scheme, participants agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

FM Family Law supports Family Mediation Week 2023

FM Family Law supports Family Mediation Week 2023

FM Family Law are proud to be supporting Family Mediation Week this year which runs from 16 to 20 January 2023.

 

Family Mediation Week is an annual event which aims to raise awareness about the benefits of using mediation to resolve family law disputes. If you are experiencing a separation, divorce, or you co-parent with your ex-partner then you may be wondering whether mediation is right for you.

 

In this blog post, Christina Hale will explain what mediation is, the benefits of attending family mediation, and why you should consider it as an alternative to going to court.

 

Christina is a Senior Associate and a highly regarded and experienced family mediator at FM Family Law. Christina is based in our Cambridge office but is able to support couples through mediation at any of our offices in Cambridge, Norwich and Newmarket in person, as well as remotely via video link.

 

Christina Hale

Senior Associate, Solicitor, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and Resolution Member

 

 

 

 

 

What is mediation?

Mediation is a way of resolving disputes outside of court. It is a voluntary and confidential process that involves a neutral third party, known as a mediator, who helps the parties to reach an agreement. The mediator does not take sides or make decisions for the parties, but rather facilitates communication and helps the parties to find their own solution to the issues in dispute.

 

Mediation can be used to resolve a wide range of issues, including those relating to the arrangements for children, finances, and property.

 

Benefits of attending family mediation

There are many benefits to attending family mediation, including:

 

1. It is less expensive than going to court: Mediation is generally much less expensive than going to court. You may be able to resolve your dispute in a few sessions, rather than having to pay for multiple court appearances.

2. It is faster than going to court: The court process can be slow and time-consuming, whereas mediation can often be completed within a few weeks or months.

3. It is more flexible: Mediation is flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. You can choose when and where the mediation sessions take place, and you can also involve other professionals, such as financial advisors, if needed.

4. It is confidential: Mediation is a confidential process, which means that anything said or agreed during the sessions cannot be used in court. This can help to create a safe and non-confrontational environment in which you can discuss sensitive issues.

5. It promotes communication and understanding: Mediation helps to improve communication and understanding between the parties. It gives you the opportunity to express your views and concerns, and to listen to the other person’s perspective. This can help to reduce hostility and build a more positive relationship for the future.

6. It supports teamwork and cooperation: Both parties receive information and guidance from their mediator together, which can create a sense of teamwork and cooperation during the process as opposed to the ‘back and forth’ feeling often associated with solicitor correspondence.

 

Why you should consider mediation

As set out above, there are clearly many benefits to attending family mediation as it can provide a quicker, cheaper, and less stressful alternative to going to court. Mediation can help you to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement in a more amicable and less confrontational way which is particularly important where there are children involved.

 

Couples I have supported through mediation frequently cite one of the main reasons for choosing mediation was to maintain ownership over their decisions and to have more control over the process.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about mediation, please contact us and we can explain the process in more detail and help you to decide whether mediation is right for you.

 

You can read more about our mediation service here.

FM Family Law supports Good Divorce Week 2022

FM Family Law supports Good Divorce Week 2022

FM Family Law are supporting Good Divorce Week this week, doing our bit to highlight the crisis in the family courts and raise awareness of the different ways families can resolve their disputes away from court – where it is safe and appropriate to do so. FM Family Law lawyers favour a non-confrontational approach and underpinning our core values is to encourage finding a solution together by exploring the full range of out of court resolution options. In every case, we provide clients with detailed information in respect of the full range of resolution options available to help them make informed decisions about the best way forward for them and their family.

All of our family lawyers are members of Resolution who commit to a Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children. We are also mediators and collaborative lawyers and where we can we undertake resolution via arbitration.

Summarised below are some of the main resolution options which can avoid the need to go to court and are generally available to couples separating or divorcing.

Mediation

Mediation is a forum for discussing and resolving issues with your spouse/partner away from lawyers and away from court. The role of the Mediator is to facilitate and support your discussions, as well as help you explore various options. The Mediator does not give legal advice and their role is impartial and neutral.

Negotiations between lawyers

Letters and emails are written setting out your respective proposals and negotiating towards an agreed settlement. Negotiations and discussions can also take place by way of face to face meetings, which you would also attend (known as a round table meeting).

Arbitration

An arbitrator is appointed make a decision for you if you and your spouse/partner cannot agree. You and your spouse/partner must have legal representation. The arbitrator hears arguments from both sides about your case before making a decision. The decision is binding. Settlement can be achieved in a less formal atmosphere such as court, and it can reduce delays and minimise costs. You can find more information about arbitration here, or at http://www.resolution.org.uk/arbitration/ and at http://ifla.org.uk

Collaborative Law

This would involve meetings between you, your spouse/partner and collaboratively trained lawyers.  A Participation Agreement is signed by all confirming that everyone will work together for the benefit of each other and the whole family in order to reach an agreement. You agree formally not to involve the Court other than to endorse any agreement, when required.

You can find more information about the collaborative model at www.resolution.org.uk/collaborative

The team at FM Family Law are happy to discuss the options available for reaching an amicable divorce or separation. To arrange an initial meeting with one of our lawyers please contact us on 01603 44333333 (Norwich) or 01223 355333 (Cambridge).

FM Family Law offers free mediation intake sessions during Family Mediation Week 2022

FM Family Law offers free mediation intake sessions during Family Mediation Week 2022

FM Family Law are proud to be supporting Family Mediation Week this year which runs from 17 January to 21 January 2022. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of family mediation and the many benefits it can bring families experiencing separation.

Mediation is a forum for discussing and resolving issues with your spouse/partner away from lawyers and away from court. The role of the mediator is to remain neutral, facilitate and support your discussions, as well as help you explore various options. Family mediation can be a great option for resolving issues arising out of separation and ensure that couples can take control, make decisions together and build a positive future for them and their family.

In support of Family Mediation Week, FM Family Law are excited to announce that we will be offering free mediation intake sessions for both participants throughout January providing they are booked during Family Mediation Week (17 – 21 January 2022), subject to availability. Full details and terms below.

We have four Resolution Family Mediators at FM Family Law: Fiona McLeman, Sue Bailey, Christina Hale and Karen Fox.

If you would like to enquire about booking your free mediation intake meeting please contact us:

(Norwich) Jenny Humphrey on 01603 443333 / jenny@fmfamilylaw.co.uk

(Cambridge) Kate Smith on 01223 355333 / kate@fmfamilylaw.co.uk

You can read more about our mediation service here.

Are your children travelling abroad with your ex?

Are your children travelling abroad with your ex?

It can often take a lot of trust and courage to come to terms with the children’s first trip abroad. You may have fears that your ex has not cared for them for that length of time before, that they may not return from the trip, or that your child is too young to travel without you. These are common concerns.

Here are some tips from Relate about how to manage the emotions surrounding travel, as well as the practical side of proceedings.

Source: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-separation-and-divorce/living-arrangements/taking-children-abroad

Managing difficult feelings

  1. Try to remember how you managed difficult feelings when you first separated and draw on the same strengths.
  2. List your concerns – both practical and emotional ones. Sort out what feels most important to think about or act upon first.
  3. Without involving your child in discussions, try thinking about the trip from your child’s point of view. How might they feel if they miss out on an opportunity?
  4. Ask your ex to share any plans they have for the trip abroad, explaining that doing so will reassure you.
  5. Talk through how you feel about the trip with a friend or family member.

Practical Considerations

If you give permission it is very important to do the following:

  1. Ask for contact details for example, telephone number and address abroad and details of who else is joining them on holiday.
  2. Make sure your ex has contact details for the children’s doctor in the case of a medical emergency.
  3. Check your ex has travel and medical insurance that covers your child.
  4. Allow your child to e-mail/text/telephone you if they would like to.

Fiona also advises her clients going on holiday with their children to send a text to the other party to let them know of the children’s safe arrival once they’ve reached their destination. It takes little time and can be of significant goodwill and reassurance to the parent left back home alone.