This is a cheaper and more amicable way of settling the issue regarding your children without the need to go to court. As part of mediation, you and your partner will meet regularly with one of our solicitor-mediators, who'll help you talk through your dispute between yourselves with the view to reaching a fair and appropriate agreement. Once you're both agreed, we'll help you draw up a formal document that sets out the agreement you've made. Read our What is divorce mediation? blog for more on mediation. You can also find out more about children issues in our Who do the kids get in a divorce? blog.
How we help you
Our mediators will at all times act neutrally and independently, and will not take sides. They’ll help you and your former partner reach a fair agreement in a civilised and dignified way. And they’ll manage the discussions to stop them from turning into arguments.
Call our dedicated Mediation Helpline now on (01482) 590280 to see how we can help you settle your dispute.
How much does mediation cost?
One of the advantages of mediation is that you can share the costs of one mediator between you both. If you see your own separate solicitor, you’ll each have to pay for that service. So it’s usually the case that mediation is cheaper than the traditional approach of hiring a solicitor or going through court proceedings.
Legal aid can help you pay your mediation costs. But if legal aid is not available, mediation for a couple will cost £210 plus VAT per hour.
Are my children involved in the mediation process?
If your dispute is about your children, the mediator will not ordinarily speak to them.
Some mediators are qualified to speak to children who are old enough to understand what’s going on. One of the three mediators in Hull who have this qualification is Julie Kerwin.
Where can I go for mediation in Hull?
There are seven solicitors’ firms in Hull and Beverley who have at least one trained mediator. Gosschalks has three: Mark Reeves, Richard Perry and Julie Kerwin.
Is mediation confidential?
Everything you say in mediation sessions is ‘privileged’. What this means is that whatever you discuss will not be able to be repeated in court (if proceedings can't be avoided), unless you and your partner agree that that may happen.
Although your discussions are privilege and can’t be repeated, your financial documents can be used in legal proceedings which may follow if you don’t reach an agreement.
Can mediators prepare court orders?
No, mediators can’t prepare court orders on your behalf. If you reach an agreement then you would both have to seek the help of a solicitor or prepare any required document for court yourselves.
How do I qualify for mediation?
Before you can start mediation, both of you will attend a separate Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Or you can attend together if you both agree.
In this meeting, a mediator will explain the whole process and decide whether your case is suitable for mediation. The mediator might not accept mediation if he or she thinks one of you is being unduly influenced by the other.
Even if mediation has already started, the mediator can bring the process to an end at any time. They may decide that one of you is not being full and frank in your financial disclosure. Or they may decide that the mediation sessions are not fair and balanced.
Is it compulsory to attend a MIAM?
It used to be the case that before legal aid was granted, you would have to attend a MIAM.
It’s thought that changes in legislation will mean that before proceedings (particularly in relation to children) start at court, both parties will have to attend a MIAM.
It’s expected that this change in legislation will come in April of this year. Although at the moment, the new expected rules are not published. The introduction of these rules is likely to increase the number of mediations in the future.
How much does a MIAM cost?
If you attend the MIAM separately, you’ll pay £87 plus VAT. If you attend the meeting together then the cost is £65 plus VAT each. If you or your partner qualifies for legal aid, the MIAM will be free for both of you.
Mediation referral form
This is for any other solicitor or referring organisation wishing to refer mediation to Gosschalks.
You can download our mediation referral form here.
Key Contacts: Mark Reeves, Richard Perry, Julie Kerwin