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Sebastian Church Mediation service offers cost effective and flexible mediation service for couples. Our fees are transparent and offer flexible choices enabling couples to balance work, life and family commitments.

Sebastian Church Fees Mediation Service 2017

Initial Intake/MIAMs/Pre-mediation assessment £99.00 per person
Skype mediation £100 per 60 minutes per person
In office hours mediation cost £100.00 per 60 minutes
Out of office hours mediation cost £125.00 per 60 minutes
Court sign off – Forms A/C100/FM1 £49.00

Why Family Mediation Is Cheaper Than Court

Due to rising prices in legal costs, many families and individuals are turning to mediation services rather than having to go through solicitors and settling issues in court. There are some reasons that people prefer to mediate outside of court for financial reasons to the impact it has on all of those involved and the distress it can cause both parties. Despite the fact that it can sound like a lengthy process, formal mediations are mostly a lot easier than going to court.

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What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a process that uses trained professionals to find out what the best way forward is for your current situation. Many people who wish to take family members to court may find themselves referred to a mediation service in the first instance as a way of trying to resolve the issue without going through the justice system. Going forward the mediator will determine how many sessions you will need to resolve the issue, the cost of these sessions and if any other registered professionals or services will need to be involved in the process. Most people find that mediation resolves family disputes quickly and informally.

What is a MIAM?

A MIAM is a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting. This is the initial meeting you will have with a trained professional to discuss what course of action should be used going forward. These meetings are always carried out by a trained professional, and they may be something you have sought out and booked yourself or something that you have been referred to by the court. If you are following the process to take your ex-partner to court, you may be asked to at least attend a mandatory MIAM first. They can be set up in some different ways to make all family members more comfortable including everyone involved in the case having separate meetings. As well as the course of action a MIAM will be able to forecast the price of the mediation process by estimating the number of sessions needed to resolve the dispute.

Why may families choose mediation services?

There are some different reasons families may need to choose mediation services. Many types of the situation lead not only to ill feeling but financial discrepancies where valuable assets are at stake. As well as physical assets custody can be contested and family mediation is sometimes needed to ensure that everyone walks away happy and safe.

Children

There are a few different situations that call for mediations to be used when it comes to children. They can include:

Contact orders

In some cases, a contact order may be needed to regulate the contact the absent parent has with the child. If the parent who has sole custody of the child and does not wish to give contact to the absent parent a contact order can be applied for. The mediation will guide this process, and reasonable contact frequency will be arranged and applied for by order. This can be for physical contact by also indirect contacts like letters and phone calls. These are sometimes now agreed using the newer child arrangement order protocols.

Residence orders

Residence orders work similarly, but they deal with where the child resides. If one parent wishes to take the child to live abroad or somewhere that isn’t within reasonable distance to the other parent, then a residence order may be put in place or applied for. Again, the newer child arrangement orders cover this so these could be used in the place of a residence order during mediation.

Specific issue

Sometimes mediation can be used for a specific issue. While raising a child, there are many different decisions to make like what religion to raise them and what school they are sent to. If the child has a medical condition, it could be that family members do not agree on the form of treatment being proposed. The mediation process is a simple and effective way to use trained professionals to solve specific issues.

Children

Prohibited steps order

A prohibited steps order stops one parent from carrying out certain events or making specific trips. For example, if it has been agreed the parent will not take the child to a specific country then a prohibited steps order can be used to block this.

Parental responsibility order

A parental responsibility order is something that can be put in place to give a parent or step-parent the ability to make decisions about the child. If the law states that this parent or family member does not already have this ability by default, then this can be put in place to ensure they do.

Finances

Another issue that can sometimes arise in families is how to deal with finances and certain financial situations. Mediation can help with the following financial issues:

Debts

Joint debts can be a huge issue when a family breaks up, for whatever reason. Mediation can help to distribute debt fairly and come up with a plan to get any joint debts paid off that does not leave one person in a worse financial situation than the other.

Pensions

Family mediation can not only be used to help decide what to do with joint pension plans, but it can also be a great tool for helping people to sort out the estates of loved ones, especially if there are conflicts with the beneficiaries. Many people do not have the foresight to include their pensions in their end of life plans because many people assume they will be accessing it themselves. This can mean there is often a large pot of money that is not accounted for or attributed to anyone.

Overseas homes

Overseas homes are another asset that can cause conflict and confuse during the time a family may be making changes. Selling property abroad is slightly harder than the property of sale in the UK so a mediation will be able to help everyone agree on what is best. If the home doesn’t have to be sold but is owned jointly, mediation may be able to help to agree on who gets to use the home when.

Houses

For most people, their biggest asset is their house. This is why it is one of the leading things that people are divorcing or family members being split up want to sort out first. There are many different ways the sale of a house can be mediated by both parties being happy, and again this is where the fully trained professional mediators come in.

Savings and investments

Savings and investments are another thing that can need to be broken up evenly in the result of death or a family breakup. Usually, during the MIAM the adviser will go through all of the different savings and investments that are on the table and start to create a plan for selling them to distribute as cash or dividing them up evenly based on the most recent valuations.

Inheritance

Inheritance is a very common issue seen in the mediation process. Not only are the technical details hard to finalise but because of the fact they are usually linked to a death tensions can run high. Attending courts to contest wills and going through a lengthy legal process is the last thing families will have on their mind during such a stressful time, so if there are details that need to be worked out a mediation can do this more quickly and easily. This is another example of where a MIAM can be used to help forecast costs and processes going forward. Plagiarism checking has been enabled
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