_MG_5336Family Mediation

Family Mediation is assisted negotiation. A couple meet with an independent mediator who will assist them to discuss and resolve the issues that they wish to resolve. The discussions are confidential. The mediator will want to make sure that meetings are focused and both are able to put their point of view. There are often several meetings. In financial cases, both must give full financial disclosure. The mediator will help the couple to concentrate on the issues, to listen to each other and to make informed decisions.

Our Family Mediation Service

It is now a Legal requirement that a person who wishes to apply to the Court about a family matter must (unless a limited exemption applies) meet with an approved Mediator to consider Mediation first. The other party will also be expected to meet with the Mediator. Failure to do so could lead to a costs order being made against them. The preliminary Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (called a MIAM) is compulsory. In most cases it is expected that mediation will follow.

Ian Walker has been a Mediator since 1996 and is authorised to undertake Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings. We are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency and can provide FREE Mediation to those who qualify. We also offer a range of FIXED FEES

Legally Aided Mediation

Our Family Mediation Service is contracted with the Legal Aid Agency to provide Legally Aided Family Mediation in locations including; Honiton, Exeter, Taunton,Cullompton, Exmouth, .

We have been quality assessed and have been awarded the Mediation Quality Mark by the Legal Aid Agency.

We are the only Mediation Service which is contracted with the Legal Aid Agency to offer family mediation, which is based in East Devon. This means that those based in places such as Honiton, Seaton, Axminster, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Exmouth, do not need to travel into Exeter to access a Legally Aided Family Mediation Service.

Cheaper and better than arguing in Court

Even if you don’t qualify for Legal Aid, the cost of a successful mediation is much less than a long draw out Court process and outcomes in my long experience of both Court and Mediation are usually better. Most importantly, parents are usually better able to get on with each other which is better for their children.

Our Charges page tells you about our Fixed Fees.

An Experienced Solicitor and Family Mediator

There are often important legal issues which are relevant to the subject of the family mediation. Ian is both a Solicitor and a Mediator. Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors is a Solicitors Practice and Mediation Service. Ian is therefore well able to identify legal issues relevant to the mediation. He can also assist our mediation clients to access the right legal advice at the right time, to assist them get the best value for money out of the mediation process.

Key points from Ian’s career as a mediator include;

  • Ian trained as a family mediator in 1996 by two of the founders of the Family Mediators Association (FMA), who had pioneered the use of mediation to resolve financial disputes arising from divorce in the UK.
  • Ian was one of the first 20 Family Mediators to be accredited as a mediator by Resolution.
  • Ian is Accredited as a Family Mediator by the Law Society. (This is the most stringent accreditation scheme).
  • Ian is Accredited as a Family Mediator with the Family Mediation Council (FMC)
  • Ian is  a supervisor of other mediators.
  • Ian is trained undertake direct consultation with children within mediation.
  • Ian has served as a member of the Governing Board of the Family Mediators Association after being elected  by fellow family mediators.
  • We have been awarded the Mediation Quality Mark by the Legal Aid Agency.

An experienced Mediator can make a big difference

The Mediator’s use of their skills can be quite subtle. Both need to have confidence in the Mediator. Experience can make a considerable difference to the prospects of success.