Mediation is an excellent tool available if you are struggling to come to an agreement between yourselves about how to move forward in a family situation. Following the breakdown of a relationship, emotions will always run high and it may be that the services of a third party will be able to provide clarity in a time of confusion. Mediation can be used for agreeing childcare arrangements, attempting to resolve financial disputes or housing situations, any issues that are important to allow you to reach a suitable compromise and move forward.
Although not compulsory, in most cases you will be expected to have at least explored the option of mediation before proceeding to having your case heard in court. However, in cases involving domestic violence or abuse mediation will not be considered appropriate.
Morlings Solicitors in Maidstone are fortunate in having a family mediator within our family law team. With many years’ experience, Carole Webb is used to helping families make financial arrangements and resolve disputes about children, whether they arise in the context of divorce or civil partnership dissolution or following the breakdown of a relationship between an unmarried couple.
Carole can also carry out Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs). These are where all parties involved in a family dispute are required to come together and discuss the possibility of mediation and decide if it can be of help.
Advising families throughout Maidstone, Kent and beyond
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements from £100 plus VAT. Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse