HR advice from Kim Hayton, HR Director at FDR Law Q: What is the impact of mental health illness in the workplace A: Depression, stress and anxiety are the largest causes for UK sickness absence with 15.8 million work days lost in 2016*, and the...
An effective way of resolving disputes without the need to go to court is through the process of mediation. This involves an independent third party - a mediator - who helps both sides come to an agreement.
Owing to recent changes in government thinking, family mediation is now the preferred method to resolve and prevent family disputes - especially where children are involved.
FDR Law can act as a mediator for you, however, we cannot impose a decision upon the parties involved. Instead, we seek to assist you. As a mediator, we will not tell you what to do but will help you look at all the different options for sorting things out so that you can reach all your own agreements about aspects of separation, divorce and including arrangements for children, finances and property.
Agreements in mediation are freely negotiated and can help restore communication, understanding and trust. It is a voluntary and confidential process which helps you reach joint decisions without the use of Courts and offers a safe and neutral place where you and your ex-partner can meet with an impartial mediator to work out plans for the future.
We will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice alongside the mediation process and will guide you as to when this should happen. You control the pace and content of the mediation rather than your future and your children’s future being decided by lawyers, legislation and the Court.
The mediation process offers complete flexibility in a bespoke set of proposals tailored to fit a family’s particular situation, leading to a much quicker resolution with lower legal fees.
At FDR Law, we are here to support you through this process, avoiding the costs and stresses of going to court.