Choose Family Mediation
and you can divorce yourselves

Family Mediation provides a neutral environment in which you can reach amicable agreements relating to your divorce, separation or dissolution of your civil partnership. Supported by an expert family mediator, you share information and resolve concerns about arrangements for your children, property and finances.

Family mediators can be qualified solicitors or may come from a therapeutic background. Miles & Partners offers both kinds of Family Mediator and can even provide co-mediation in which both a legal and a therapeutic mediator offer their support.

If you both work in the City of London, you can fit in Family Mediation around work commitments to help the process to run smoothly. And our offices are conveniently situated for anyone travelling into the City of London for Family Mediation.

You and your partner remain in control at all times. Your Family mediator will not take sides, he or she will simply help you to explore and resolve your options together, without offering legal advice.

All good mediators will recommend that you seek legal advice alongside Family Mediation. If you already have a Family Mediator in mind, one of our expert divorce lawyers will be happy to ensure that any agreement you make will be in your, and your family’s, best interest.

3 Stages of Family Mediation

Stage 1 - Initial contact

You can either call us yourself, or you might be referred if your solicitor does not offer mediation. You and your partner will each need to speak to your family

mediator separately before arranging your initial meeting.

Stage 2 - Initial Meeting

You can choose to meet your family mediator together or separately for an initial meeting at which he or she will explain the process. If you attend together, your family mediator will also speak to each of you separately to ensure that you are happy to proceed with family mediation. You will then each sign an Agreement to Mediate.

Stage 3 - Mediation Sessions

Each Family Mediation session lasts about 90 minutes and is tailored to your specific needs. Because every couple is different, it can be difficult to estimate how many sessions you might need but at your initial meeting your Family Mediator may give you an estimate, depending on what issues you need to discuss.

If you have finances to resolve, you must share full financial disclosure and if you have children together, you will discuss and agree arrangements for their care and contact.

When you have reached an agreement, your Mediator will produce a Memorandum of Understanding which you should each share with your respective solicitors, one of whom should draft a Legal Agreement and/or Consent Order for you each to sign.

If you like the idea of a civilised divorce but would prefer to have your solicitor by your side throughout the process, you may want to consider Collaborative Law.

Contact us to take the first step to Family Mediation.

Michelle Uppal at Miles & Partners LLP is ‘very practically minded and is very good at children and finance disputes. She is perceptive and analytical, whilst also warm, measured and approachable. Clients trust her as highly professional and she will get the job done’.