Family mediation and collaborative law

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Blake Morgan's specialist Family Law Solicitors are experienced in family mediation, collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution.

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We recognise that when relationships break down, emotions can run high and trying to solve the issues that frequently arise can be very difficult. Going to court can be very expensive, risky and time-consuming. Alternative methods of resolving difficulties and disputes do exist, however. 

Our experienced Family Law team includes members who are fully trained and qualified mediators and collaborative law experts, who can offer a choice of dispute management services:

  • Mediation is a private, impartial, solution-focused process facilitated by an independent mediator in which parties meet to resolve issues without the need for recourse to the courts. Mediators will not provide legal advice, but they do provide information and options to help people come to resolve issues in ways which are effective for them. Mediators are trained to help people reach agreements, preserve relationships and make the best, most practical arrangements for the future. Please see our complete guide here for more information.
  • Collaborative law is an alternative to the traditional adversarial approach to the divorce process. Collaborative law was developed by family lawyers to manage the divorce process in a more dignified manner. It involves a series of face to face meetings, assisted by their respective lawyers, with the aim of reaching an amicable consensus. Collaborative law can also address issues that may not be of a legal nature, and allows those concerns to be addressed and looked at through the use of outside experts if necessary, for example, counsellors, accountants, financial advisers, estate agents etc. Please see our complete guide here for more information.

For further information or to talk to someone about family mediation or collaborative law, please call a Family Law team member in the office nearest you.

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Blake Morgan recognised as one of the UK's top family law firms

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Blake Morgan’s family law practice has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading teams in its field.

Blake Morgan Partner appointed to Resolution National Committee

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Blake Morgan’s Farhana Shahzady, a partner in the firm’s family law team, has been appointed to Resolution’s National Committee.

Co-mediation - working with an IFA

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As part of Family Mediation Week, our previous blog looked at how a family consultant can provide support during mediation, but how can an IFA be used in mediation sessions?

Is the current approach on valuing pensions fit for mediation?

There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions.

Do you need a dispute to go to mediation?

Many years ago the court used to get involved in every case where there were children and their parents were divorcing. Are we currently in that position with referrals to mediation?

What role does a solicitor play in the mediation process?

Whilst there is a clear distinction between the role played by a solicitor and by a mediator, there are a number of ways in which the two roles complement each other.

Resources for children and young people

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Independent preparatory school mediation case study

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Family Mediation case study

An example of how mediation helped a separating couple reach an agreement on their settlement.