South London Family Mediation service for couples who are divorcing, separating or already separated, grandparents and other family members.  Our highly experienced family mediator can help you make arrangements for children, property and finance.  Mediation puts you very much in control of making your own decisions and, compared with going to court, it can be quick, effective and relatively low in cost.

Family mediation is free for those eligible for Legal Aid. As a not-for-profit organisation we aim to make family mediation accessible and affordable and offer a concessionary rate for those on a low income if not eligible for Legal Aid. We do not charge in advance of your appointment but will ask you to pay when you attend the centre.

We offer:

* MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) from £75 per person

* Child Arrangements, Property and Finance and All Issues Mediation

* Free mediation if eligible for  Legal Aid

* Court forms signed at no additional cost

 

About Family Mediation

 

MIAMs

If you think you would like to consider family mediation as a way of resolving issues with your former partner you can arrange to come in to our centre for a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting).

A MIAM is a one to one meeting with a family mediator which lasts for up to 45 minutes. You can explain your situation and the mediator will work out with you whether mediation is suitable and safe.

At the end of this session if you want to proceed, and the mediator  agrees it is suitable, we will try and contact the other party and invite him or her to come in for a MIAM. If he or she wants to proceed and it is suitable we will invite you in for a joint mediation session which will last for 90 minutes. If the other party does not respond or does not wish to consider mediation we can sign the form/s you need for court.

If you think you might be eligible for free mediation under the Legal Aid Agency guidelines please contact us and we can help you further.

Family Mediation sessions

In mediation sessions you will sit down in a room with the other party and one or two of our family mediators. The mediators will help you to have a conversation about arrangements for children and/or property or finances. You will both have a chance to speak and be heard and express your wishes and feelings.

Where you reach agreement  the mediator/s will record this and write up a mediation session summary, outcome summary or parenting plan. It may take more than one mediation session to reach agreement depending on your situation.

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Memorandum of Understanding

For agreements on property and/or financial matters a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can be produced. This is not a legally binding document but you can seek legal advice about going to court to make it legally binding.

Advantages of Mediation over going to  Court

  • Children benefit because of reduced conflict
  • Likely to be quicker and far less expensive than lengthy court proceedings
  • You, as parents, are in control of decisions and making arrangements for your family
  • Encourages a more co-operative relationship between parents

Legal Aid for Family Mediation

SMC offers free mediation to those who are eligible for legal aid. If you are on a low income we can assess you at your MIAM and if you are eligible your MIAM and mediation sessions will be free. If one party attends a MIAM and is assessed as being eligible for legal aid the Legal Aid Agency will pay for both parties’ MIAMs and the first family mediation session.

If not sure if you are eligible see https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

Family Mediation Fees

MIAMs

Annual IncomeClient Fees
Eligible for Legal AidNo fee payable
Income below £25k (with proof of income)£75 per person including signing of court forms
Income over £25k£90 per person including signing of court forms

 

Joint Mediation Sessions – Child Only Cases

Annual IncomeClient Fees
Eligible for Legal AidNo fee payable
Income below £25k (with proof of income)£120 per person per 90 minute session
Income over £25k£140 per person per 90 minute session

 

Joint Mediation Sessions – Property and Finance and All Issues Cases

Joint Mediation – Property and Finance and All Issues Mediation
Annual IncomeClient Fees
Eligible for Legal AidNo fee payable
Income below £25k (with proof of income)£120 per person per 90 minute session
Income over £25k£150 per person per 90 minute session

This fee also includes the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and OFS (Open financial Statement)

What our clients say about Family Mediation

“It’s been over two years since I attended mediation but I just wanted to thank you for your efforts at the time. Your guidance gave me a lot of strength to continue with what I believe to be fair and reasonable requests. I didn’t have to go to court in the end and your advice empowered me greatly which, as a woman, meant a lot to me.”

“From the start they took the time to listen to me and felt like they understood. All in all I can say a brilliant service, thank you!”

“Helpful, informative, friendly, and committed to finding a positive resolution.”

“I really appreciate what you have done for us today, thank you so much”

“I wanted to thank you sincerely for your great work yesterday at the MIAM and mediation session. You made me feel welcome, at ease and gave me peace of mind that mediation might bring some resolution”.

“Thanks a lot for the mediation session. I am glad that we were able to achieve this much”.

“The team works professionally and shows human understanding. You get the best from your visit even if the outcome may not have been your way. Thank you.”

Our Family Mediator

Our Family Mediator is Ursula Little.

Ursula is a highly experienced Family Mediator who has dealt with hundreds of cases of Child Arrangements, Property and Finance and All Issues mediation. Ursula trained as a Family Mediator in 2010 and is a full-time Family Mediator. She is accredited thorough the Family Mediation Association (FMA) to carry out private mediations and those funded through Legal Aid. She is also a member of National Family Mediation (NFM).

Ursula has particular experience of dealing with complex property and finance cases, including pension sharing arrangements and relocation as well as child arrangements cases including high conflict cases.

Ursula has also had experience of other types family mediation cases including probate disputes, wills, care of the elderly and wider family breakdown.

Ursula is bilingual and is able to mediate in French.

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