Mediation helps you sort out issues arising from your separation including financial matters and arrangements for children. You will meet one of our mediators, by yourself, so we can find out about your situation and you can find out about how mediation works. If you want to go ahead, we will arrange to meet with you and your former partner together.
Mediation is a voluntary process – no one is forced to mediate. Before the process starts, our mediators will speak with you and your former partner to assess whether mediation is suitable (these are meetings are usually face to face, but they can be held by phone). We provide a calm and neutral environment for couples to mediate.
Mediation can help couples to communicate and understand each other’s views. Our highly experienced mediators (who are also solicitors) recognise that people may feel vulnerable and frustrated when they start the mediation process. Providing encouragement and guidance, bbl family mediators have a high success rate of helping couples to agree on the arrangements for their future which may include arrangements for their children, financial and housing matters.
Mediation is a practical and informal process. It enables couples to feel in control over their decision making. It is a legally recognised process and many couples and families are referred to bbl family mediation by local judges, solicitors, counsellors and other professional bodies. All discussions at mediation are confidential, but at the end of the process, if we have reached a set of proposals, the mediator will put this in writing and send this to your lawyers.
Patricia Brodie, Peter Baughan and Beverley Long are highly regarded Resolution mediators with a wealth of experience between them. They are qualified and practising family solicitors who understand the law as well as being trained in mediation skills. Throughout the mediation process you can consult your solicitor at any time to take legal advice on the best arrangement for you.
You can print out and post (or email) our mediation referral form, or refer yourself online using the blue box below.
For an overview of how mediation works have a look at our video