Family Mediation

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process where disputes and issues arising from divorce or separation can be resolved in an amicable and constructive manner, avoiding the need for often costly and prolonged court proceedings.

Why should you consider Mediation?

  • Mediation is conducted by a neutral third party - having a third party facilitate discussions can help keep lines of communication open at a time when parties are in conflict.
  • Both parties involved in the process are accountable for their decisions - the mediator is not responsible for making the decisions and they cannot force an outcome on the parties like a Judge can.
  • Mediation can save you time and money - often mediation is a cheaper and quicker route to an outcome than court proceedings.
  • Mediation is flexible - parties can deal with multiple issues during mediation whether they involve finances, children or isolated one off issues which may crop up.

How does the process work?

Step one: You will each have initial individual meetings with your Mediator, this gives you the opportunity to understand:

  • The Mediation process;
  • How many sessions you may require;
  • The cost of these sessions.

The individual meeting also gives you a chance to ask any questions before the process starts, ensuring you're comfortable with the process and issues that may be discussed. It also allows the mediator to ensure the process is right for you.

We charge £125.00 plus VAT per party for our individual sessions (lasting approximately 30 minutes). This includes time spent preparing for the meeting.

Step two: Once you have both agreed to continue with mediation, you will begin the joint mediation sessions. We charge £375.00 plus VAT for joint sessions (lasting approximately 90 minutes). Typically this cost is shared equally between parties. If you are discussing financial matters you will both complete your financial disclosure.

Step three: Once the mediation process comes to a conclusion, a document presenting all the agreed proposals will be given to you. This can be passed on to your solicitor who will put these documents into a legally binding contract. If you are discussing the care of your children, your mediator can prepare a Parenting Agreement reflecting what you have agreed.

An additional cost will apply for preparing the documents you will need during the mediation and once the process has concluded. These may include an Open Financial Summary (setting out the factual financial circumstances considered provided via your financial disclosure), a Memorandum of Understanding (summarising all the agreed proposals if you have been discussing financial matters) or a Parenting Agreement (for arrangements relating to your children). In most cases we can offer a fixed fee service for drafting these documents.

Who will be your Mediator?

Amanda Phillips-WyldsAmanda Phillips-Wylds is a Senior Solicitor with over 10 years’ experience practising family law.

In view of her experience and knowledge of this area of law she has also achieved Resolution Accredited Specialist status in dealing with complex financial settlements upon divorce or separation.

Amanda qualified as a Mediator in 2018 after being an advocate of the process for the whole of her career.

You can arrange a telephone consultation to decide whether mediation could be right for you by sending an email to mediation@kjsmith.co.uk or by calling your local branch on 01491 630000 (Henley on Thames), 0118 418 1000 (Reading), 01753 325000 (Windsor), 01256 584000 (Basingstoke), 01483 370100 (Guildford), 01494 629000 (Beaconsfield), 01235 375500 (Abingdon), 01344 513000 (Ascot) or email info@kjsmith.co.uk.

We offer Family Mediation across all our branches and have helped many families in the surrounding areas including Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, Wokingham, and High Wycombe.

Our Office Locations

All our offices are easily accessible by road, rail or bus and we are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm. With today's busy schedules, we offer telephone appointments outside normal office hours until 9pm on Thursdays and between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays.

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If you would like to visit our team of family solicitors, we have offices in Henley-on-Thames, Reading (Woodley), Windsor, Basingstoke, Guildford, Beaconsfield, Abingdon and Ascot. We serve a wide range of other areas including Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, High Wycombe and Wokingham.

Why not contact our team of divorce solicitors for a free initial consultation today? We offer a free initial consultation that can take place in any one of our offices or over the telephone.

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