Alternatives to Court

Family Mediation

At Walker Family Law we firmly believe in exploring alternatives to court for our valued clients. Through commitments to methods such as family mediation, we offer you cost-effective, efficient, and amicable approaches to resolving family law matters. Our experienced team provides comprehensive guidance on alternative dispute resolution methods specifically tailored to your unique circumstances. With our support, our goal is to assist you in achieving a mutually satisfactory outcome outside of the courtroom.

What is family mediation and how does it work?

Family mediation is a process of assisted negotiation, where an independent mediator helps couples resolve issues. It is a voluntary, confidential process that involves a neutral, third-party mediator who helps families resolve disputes and reach agreements outside of court. The mediator does not take sides or make decisions for the family, but rather assists them in finding a common ground and negotiating a mutually acceptable outcome.

If you are facing a family dispute, our experienced family mediator, Ian Walker, can help you reach an agreement in an amicable and respectful manner. We specialise in mediation for family matters including divorce, financial cases, and complex children disputes.

Mediation is a flexible process that we adapt to best serve our clients’ needs. We offer a range of mediation services including:

  • Child Inclusive Mediation: our goal is to ensure that the voices of older children are heard and considered during the mediation process.
  • Integrated Mediation: we collaborate with other professionals to help develop various options and solutions.
  • Solicitor Inclusive Mediation: this involves providing support and guidance to clients with legal representation throughout the mediation process.
  • Online Mediation: we conduct the entire mediation process remotely using Microsoft Teams, allowing clients to participate from the comfort of a location of their choice.
  • Shuttle Mediation: even if parties in dispute are not physically present in the same room during the mediation meeting, the mediator will facilitate communication and help them reach an agreement.

We can also work with arbitrators to offer Med-Arb, where the arbitrator will determine any matters which cannot be resolved in the mediation.

How We Can Help

As Solicitors who offer neutral mediation, we believe that we are best placed to protect the integrity of the mediation process, having a deep understanding of the importance of confidentiality and neutrality. We are also acutely aware of both adult and child safeguarding and will tailor and facilitate the process to ensure that meetings are focused and that both clients can confidently and safely express their views. We help couples to concentrate on the issues, listen to each other, and make informed decisions.

A Mediator can provide information to assist clients on a neutral basis. When the mediator is also a solicitor, the couple can have confidence that they are receiving good and informed information that will help them to find a mutually acceptable solution.

When we represent clients as solicitors and determine that they would benefit from alternative mediation services, we will refer them exclusively to mediators with a strong legal background. This ensures that our clients receive the specialist knowledge they need during the mediation process.

Ian Walker is a very experienced mediator, having trained in 1996 and is accredited by the Family Mediation Council and the Law Society. He is also a Child Law Arbitrator with the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. Ian’s experience also includes having served as a Trustee of the Family Mediators Association.

In financial cases, to make agreements binding there still needs to be a Court Order approved by a Judge. After a financial family mediation has concluded, our mediators can then prepare the financial order if instructed by both clients as a solicitor to act on a neutral basis.

Contact the team to schedule a consultation. Couples who are separating amicably might also wish to consider Resolution Together as an alternative to mediation.

Alternatives to Court Services

Whether you are facing a divorce, financial issues, or a child custody dispute, we are here to help you reach a resolution-focused outcome. If alternative routes to court are not successful, we are well prepared to provide you with the necessary legal advice to help you navigate the court system and find a workable solution that has your family’s best interests at heart. 

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