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Introduction to Family Mediation

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Introduction to Family Mediation

  1. 1. Family Mediation Information Booklet
  2. 2. Jen Rumble Family Mediation l Separation and Divorce l Property, finance, children issues l Extended family conflicts l Cross-cultural marriages l Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings l Pre-nuptial Agreements l Divorce Guidance l Family Support© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  3. 3. What is family mediation? Family mediation is a process which The matters to be resolved can assists separating and divorcing include financial and property couples to resolve their disputes issues and future arrangements and negotiate their own agreed for children. decisions in a dignified and fair Other family members wanting way, taking account of the needs to agree arrangements for of all involved, including looking after and seeing children especially, but not only, where may benefit from family there are children. mediation too.© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  4. 4. The principles of mediation J mediation is a voluntary process J mediators act impartially J mediation is confidential J decision-making authority rests with the participants© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  5. 5. When mediation is not suitable Mediation is not suitable in the following situations: l where there are issues of domestic violence or child protection l where one or both parties do not cooperate with full financial disclosure l whenever parties are not committed to the mediation process l when one party loses faith in the mediators impartiality Find out more: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/choosingandusing/howtosolvedisputes/mediation.page© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  6. 6. How long does mediation take? On average 3-4 sessions are needed for cases involving property and finance, and 1-3 for those involving children. First information and assessment meeting (MIAM) lasts approximately 1 hour, the following mediation sessions last 1 - 1½ hours. Divorce litigation, on the other hand, can take anywhere from several months to several years to be resolved.© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  7. 7. How much does it cost? • our fee is £100 per hour per • the parties split the total cost of person all inclusive unless the mediation session between agreed otherwise at the initial meeting them • matters are resolved far more • we do not charge VAT quickly in mediation than • there are no hidden costs through solicitors and Courts.© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  8. 8. Summaries and form FM1 Memorandum of Understanding and Financial Summary are two separate documents, drafted by a family mediator upon the successful completion of mediation meetings, which contain the matters and resolutions achieved, and which will act as the basis on which solicitor will draft legally binding court orders. A financial summary can be drafted at the start of the mediation process to document financial disclosure. The Family Mediation Information and Assessment Form FM1 is compulsory in all family proceedings (with some exceptions) to which the Practice Direction 3A applies. This form is issued by mediator and should be filed with any application made to the court. Find out more: http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/courts/procedure- rules/family/practice_directions/pd_part_03a.htm#IDARHTAC© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  9. 9. Is mediation stressful? • having the freedom to discuss matters in a confidential setting is far less stressful than taking the conflict into a court room • a mediator with psychological training can particularly help parties manage their emotions and deal with negotiations effectively • each party can negotiate what is best for them and gain the peace of mind in the long run.© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  10. 10. Who is the mediator? Jen Rumble MNCS(Acc) DipCouns is professionally qualified as a family mediator with the ADR Group, a member of the Family Mediation Council, to the standards approved by the Law Society and the Bar Council. Jen mediates on all issues in separation and divorce - arrangements for children and all matters concerning family finance. She comes from a professional background in psychotherapeutic practice and brings to mediation her considerable experience in working with distressed couples and families, conflict and powerful emotions. Apart from English she speaks Russian and Ukrainian fluently, and has experience in working through interpreters. She is a full member of the ADR Group and the Family Mediators Association (FMA).© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  11. 11. Locations Jen mediates in the following offices across Cheshire: Red Hill House , 41 Hope Street, Chester , CH4 8BU 250 Park Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 8AD Landmark House, Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7BS The Hope Street Centre, 10 Hope Street, Sandbach, CW11 1BA Booths Park (Booths Hall), Chelford Road, Knutsford, WA16 8QZ Station House, Stamford New Road, Altrincham, WA14 1EP Whitehouse, Greenalls Avenue, Warrington, WA4 6HL© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011
  12. 12. Referrals/Appointments Referring yourself or your client for mediation is easy. Please fill in one of the forms below and email or post it to us. The forms are available for download from the Home page of our website www.yourmediator.co.uk. To get more information please phone, email or write to us using the contact details below. Jen Rumble Family Mediation The Consulting Rooms (CPS Ltd) Red Hill House 41 Hope Street Chester CH4 8BU E-Mail info@yourmediator.co.uk Website www.yourmediator.co.uk© Jen Rumble Family Mediation 2011