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The process of mediation may seem confusing, especially as it is compulsory in a minority of cases. However mediation can assist you in many ways since we can inform you of legal issues and help resolve disputes between your family. Here are some FAQs explaining the process of family mediation and the people it can assist.
Though cases tend to be about a couple and their children and possibly the children’s grandparents, friends of the family are welcome to attend if they feel they have something to add to the case.
We deal with any cases before they go to court. Some of them may be neighbourhood disputes.
These may involve but are not limited to: Dealing with debts, the sale of a house, pensions and unit trusts as well as over savings and investments. We can advise over any business assets and overseas homes. We can also help with difficult wills and other aspects of inheritance.
Firstly, not all pension schemes are the same, we can advise on dealing with the more dubious ones. We can assist if you wish to complain to your pension provider or if you are having difficulties and to retire early due to ill health. There may be problems due to a lack of employer’s contributions or a pension scheme finishing early.
As with any other loan, if you are having trouble paying your mortgage, mediation can help. Benefit advice may be necessary as well as information on how you deal with your creditors, especially if you are worried you are about to be repossessed. It is always a good idea to contact your lender who may extend the terms of your mortgage or accept a reduction in payment.
Problems might arise with the contents of a will, the lack of a will or deceased people named in wills. A forum to air your views before going to court may help matters. As with anything else, a mediator cannot impose an outcome they can only facilitate the discussion.
We can advise you on how you can make savings and the safe ways to make investments. A report in 2009 showed that mediation resulted in a saving of 76%, as opposed to those who did not use mediation services. Other times when people may need help with savings may be after an inheritance or deciding where to invest a child‘s funds.
Usually they are holiday homes which can also be regarded as an assets. Although overseas homes may have been exempt from tax including stamp duty, changes in 2015 mean that money may now need to be paid on these properties. It depends whether you own the home personally or it is some form of trust. It is always a good idea to look at all your assets, whether they are in this country or elsewhere.
Yes, divorce or any relationship split can mean that assets are divided between you and your partner. We endeavour to act as peacemaker in this circumstances as well as giving you the right advice. Our intention is that you and your partner reach an amicable agreement.
Not necessarily. You can attend on your own if you so wish and still go to court, it doesn’t affect whether your case is heard.
It will take approximately 45 minutes or so to go through all the information about the mediation process.
You will be issued with a form to sign to say that you have attended the MIAM. You will now be able to issue proceedings. If you feel circumstances have changed through the case, please consult us and we will review the process.
If the problems can be resolved out of court it is better all-round. Many cases need some form of mediation even when they are in the process of going through the courts. There are so many sources of potential stress, especially when it affects children’s lives.
Parental responsibility is when an adult takes responsibility for a child including their food, clothing, education and well being. A mother automatically has parental responsibility. If a father is married or has been married to the mother and/or his name is on the birth certificate then he also has parental responsibility. A father may also gain parental responsibility if he gains either a parental responsibility order or a residence order from the court or he adopts the child.
Only if they are appointed guardian when the parents dies, have obtained a residence order from the court or have adopted the child. Otherwise, they would not be eligible for a parental responsibility order.
At the age of 18 no residence order or child arrangements remain valid.
This is an emergency order to decide which parent looks after the child while a full hearing is being made.
We are completely impartial, we can’t take sides in divorce cases for instance. Any information said to us will remain confidential. We are also fully trained and offer a trusted service.
We should add a disclaimer here, there are exceptions. We will tell the correct agency if it seems that a child‘s safety or well being is significantly threatened, or an adult’s safety or well being.
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