- A process for couples to negotiate about the arrangements with their future with the help of an impartial third party
– a mediator
– A way of helping you reach an agreement, which takes account of the needs of your children, as well as your own needs, concerns and interests
– Comprehensive, we can look at all issues together
– Confidential, save for the sharing of financial information and any concerns about child protection
– Suitable for all couples, whether married, cohabiting or same sex under the Civil Partnership Act
Any issue arising from the breakdown of a family relationship including:
Where the children will live and with who
Arrangements for contact
Holidays and special days
In fact, any issue which you feel needs to be resolved about your children.
Money and property
You can also discuss subjects such as:
Family home and its contents
Income and outgoings
And any other financial issue which arises upon separation.
- Reduces tension, hostility, bitterness and stress
- Improves communication
- Quicker and less expensive than Court
- You control the pace and content of sessions
- Focuses on the interests of your children
- Helps you make informed, joint decisions
The National Audit Office reported that family disputes resolved through mediation are cheaper, quicker and, according to academic research, less acrimonious that those settled through the Courts.
Andrew Stout, a family lawyer at Tallents, qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has worked as a Family, Criminal and Personal Injury lawyer, specialising in family law for 15 years.
As a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel Andrew is qualified to represent children in care proceedings and is not only a Resolution trained mediator, but also a Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist. Resolution members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes with a non-confrontational approach to family problems.
Andrew’s workload covers the broad range of family proceedings, including separation and divorce, financial matters which arise from separation and divorce and all issues in respect of children, including Child Arrangements.
Andrew is also a Collaborative Family Lawyer and is trained to assist his clients in resolving all child and financial matters arising from a divorce or separation in a dignified and respectful way for the benefit of the whole family.
“At a very emotional time, I always work hard to help my clients reach an agreement that is fair for both sides, and any children who might be involved. If I can help my clients understand each other’s needs and communicate effectively then we can often find a quicker and cheaper solution to costly court proceedings.”
Utilising his years of experience and specialised skills in client representation, negotiation and problem-solving, Andrew works to shape a fair settlement for his clients. He also has expertise in dealing with the separation of cohabiting couples.
You can read more about Andrew's approach to mediation here.