Advantages of mediation

11th March 2019

Terry Bastyan Gilbert Stephens Solicitors

Terry Bastyan, Managing Partner at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors, specialises in Family Law and is an experienced Family Mediator. He is also qualified to meet with children as part of the mediation process. Terry has trained and practises as a Collaborative Solicitor and is a member of the Law Society’s Panels for both Family Law and Family Mediation. He is also a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association).

Mediation is often the first route we would suggest when arranging matters after a relationship break down. It offers a neutral venue where you can talk openly, with a trained, impartial mediator who will help to identify the matters that need discussing and guide you through the steps to find a realistic and practical solution.

It is often hard for parties to talk to one another, especially when they are going through difficult times and dealing with a wide range of emotions – as well as trying to cope with everyday matters. However, agreements made in mediation are far more likely to last than decisions made using other routes, such as the court, as both parties can form a decision together.

Coming to an agreement through mediation also has the advantage of saving both time and money compared to lengthy court cases, not to mention the fact that going to court can cause untold stress to the individuals concerned and their wider family.

The main matters that can be addressed in mediation include:

  • Separation and/or divorce
  • Division of assets, including pensions
  • Maintenance payments
  • Child access arrangements

Where appropriate, consultations with children can be arranged to help the children communicate with a neutral and supportive adult. The mediator is trained to ask questions and feed back appropriately so that the best possible outcome can be found.

It is not possible to go to the Family Law court until you can show you’ve attended a meeting about mediation first. In some instances, such as if there has been domestic abuse, the mediator can decide that mediation is not right for you, and then a court will take your case without you first trying mediation.

If you require advice regarding mediation, get in touch and we will assess your needs.

For more information, click here or get in touch with Terry Bastyan on 01392 424242 or by email at .