Sebastian Church Northwich

Independent Family Mediators

Are you looking for a secure setting in which to resolve the conflicts that have arisen in your family?

After a breakup, do you need help with issues involving your finances or your children?

Do you require assistance in talking with your former romantic partner?

Sebastian Church Family Mediators Can Help

Family Mediation Northwich

With the assistance of a third party who is not emotionally invested in either party’s position, families can engage in the process of mediation in order to agree about future child-rearing plans. The mediator does not give advice to either party, but rather works to increase communication between them and assists the parties in reaching their own agreements in an amicable manner.

A mediator in a family dispute needs to maintain impartial and steer clear of any potential conflicts of interest. Because of this, a mediator is not allowed to mediate a dispute in which they have obtained pertinent information about the parties. In addition, a mediator is required to maintain objectivity towards the resolution of the mediation Northwich. They are not allowed to try to impose their desired outcome on any of the parties or exert any kind of influence over them.

What is the procedure of family mediation Northwich?

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The mediator will assist you and the other parent in working through all of your concerns, considering your options, determining whether or not those solutions will work effectively in practise, and reaching a consensus over what is in the child’s best interest. A’shuttle’ mediation session can be arranged by the mediator in the event that you do not feel comfortable mediating in the same room as the other parent. A form of mediation Northwich known as “shuttle mediation” involves the disputing parties being separated into two separate rooms while the mediator “shuttles” back and forth between the two in an effort to facilitate a settlement.

In the event that parties are able to settle their differences through mediation Northwich and come to an agreement, the mediator will draught a “memorandum of understanding” to ensure that all parties are aware of the terms of the settlement.

What are the advantages of divorce or Family Mediation Northwich

When a breakup in the family makes it difficult for parents to reach an agreement on how to best care for their children, it is advisable for them to participate in mediation. Participating in mediation Northwich can offer one or more of the following benefits, among others:

  • effective communication and helping you to arrange the future arrangements;
  • enabling plans to be reviewed and altered easier, as long as they are mutually agreed upon by both parties;
  • offering a quicker and cheaper way of resolving disputes; and offering you more control over what decisions are made in relation to children, as opposed to applying to the courts for this;

In contrast to legal proceedings, during which each party is obligated to provide their whole commitment and follow to the rules, the couples are free to move faster swiftly if they so wish. This is because the rules do not apply to them.

Because participants often come into the process knowing exactly what they want and only needing the outcomes, it is pretty common for the family mediation Northwich to be finished in a relatively short amount of time. This is because participants only need the outcomes. Time is utilised very effectively as a result of this action.

Is family mediation Northwich enforceable in court?

Since April 2014, anyone who wants the courts to help them resolve a disagreement about their children or their finances must first attend a meeting called a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting. This requirement has been in effect ever since April. This contains any applications that have been submitted for:

  • Child Arrangements Order
  • Specific Issue Order
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Parental Responsibility Order
  • An order appointing a Child’s Guardian
  • Removal from Jurisdiction Order
  • Special Guardianship Order.


There are some exceptions that can be made for mediation, and they are detailed in Part 3 of the Family Procedure Rules. The C100 form and the FM1 form both have the relevant information for these exemptions.

Exemptions include:

  • where there has been an attempt at mediation within the past four months;
  • where there has been domestic abuse in the relationship;
  • where the child is the subject of a child protection plan or a section 47 investigation;
  • where the situation is an emergency, i.e. there is an immediate risk of harm to the child;
  • where the situation is a matter of urgency; where the relationship involves domestic abuse;
  • where the child is the subject of a child protection plan or a section 47 investigation; where the situation is a matter of urgency; 


How much does it cost to participate in mediation?

If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the government in the form of legal aid to help cover the expenses of mediation. Because of the means test, in order to demonstrate that you are eligible to receive it, you will be required to produce documentation of your present financial situation.

If you are required to pay for the mediation process, you should inquire about the fees charged by your mediator as soon as you make initial contact with them. You should probably call up a few different local mediators to compare their rates, as these can differ from one another.

Sebastian Church are also accepting the government voucher scheme.