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Family disputes can be difficult for everyone involved, especially children. Our specialist solicitors have been helping families and partners across Leicester for the last 30 years.

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Family Mediation Leicester

The end of a relationship is a stressful time for all involved, but a family who have the help of a professional, fully qualified mediator can cooperate to make the experience easier for everyone. Dodds Solicitors can help you reach a solution, in the best interests of everyone involved.

Contact our team on 0116 201 8566.

Mediation Solicitors

Instead of conflict, family mediation services offer the chance to move forward in a constructive manner, which will benefit former partners and any children that require support.

Reaching agreements through family dispute resolution can help you to continue an amicable relationship with your former partner, will save money in legal fees and take into account the views of your children. This is how family mediation enables former partners to move forward in a positive manner.

Dodds Solicitors are based in Leicester and our mediators have over 15 years of experience specialising in family mediation. We believe our services lead to the best solutions regarding finances, property and childcare issues, so don’t hesitate. Call us today on 0116 201 8566 and we can discuss your individual requirements over the phone.

What is Family Mediation?

Family mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution for family issues. With the help and support from one of the mediators at Dodds Solicitors, we can help both sides come to an agreement, that is in both parties interests.

During the family mediation process a professional mediator helps you and your former partner to work out agreements about specific practical issues. These may include:

  • Children: this involves where children live and what arrangements exist for them to spend time with both parents.
  • Child maintenance payments: provides answers to questions such as who will be obliged to pay whom and what amount.
  • Finances: agreeing what you should do with house, pensions, debts and savings when bringing your relationship to an end and separating households.
When would you use Family Mediation?

You can contact a mediator as soon as you require help with settling important family matters. Even if your case has gone to court, mediation can help to mutually resolve issues and can speed up the process.

Often, you cannot take a case to court before exploring the option of mediation first. If you cannot prove you have considered mediation, a judge may delay your case until mediation has been tried or ruled out.

    What can you expect at the Family Mediation?

    Contact your mediator: Arrange a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) where we will be able to discuss your individual needs.

    Attend the MIAM and meet your family mediator: This meeting will enable you to confidentially discuss your case with the family mediator and find out more about the mediation process. You will be asked if you would like your former partner to be contacted to invite them to a MIAM. You can attend a MIAM separately or together.

    The first mediation session can begin once you and your former partner have attended a MIAM, either together or separately. At the first mediation session, a confidentiality agreement will be signed.

    The ground rules for mediation will also be established and agreed. The mediator will help to create an agenda for the sessions to follow, including all subjects that require discussion and will note any early agreements and commonalities.

    The second mediation session will depend on your specific issues. However, it is generally worth dedicating much of the second session to financial disclosure. You will be asked to bring all relevant financial information to the session including details of any assets and liabilities.

    If your mediation is solely to do with children, then the second session will focus on where they will live, who they will see and when, and child maintenance payments. In certain cases the mediator can undertake a child consultation with the parents’ consent.

    Further mediation sessions will vary depending on the issues you need to resolve. Child arrangements, finance and property sessions, and ‘all issues’ mediation are available. At all stages of your mediation, the mediator will document what is discussed and create copies of documents for each party’s records. These will include memoranda, schedules and itineraries amongst others.

    Legal advice may be sought from specialists if this is appropriate for your case. Children’s services, debts, finances and welfare payments may all require an additional professional to help resolve problems. However, they will work in strictest confidence under the agreements set out by your mediator in the MIAM.

    Why Mediate instead of Litigate?

    Family mediation is a service that is designed to minimise the stress that a marriage breakdown can cause. It is also more affordable than going to to court and takes less time.

    With mediation, former partners work together to come to an agreement about their issues, including children, finances, property and more. This is a more cooperative and constructive route and means that judges are not making decisions on your behalf at any point in the process.

      What outcomes can you expect form Family Mediation?

      Family mediation is a process that aims to resolve all major concerns that arise after the break up of a marriage or civil partnership. Typically, a mediator will help you come to an agreement with your former partner about your home and other shared assets, finances, pensions and debts.

      Where children are involved, your mediator can assist with parental agreements to ensure the interests of the child or children are met. This includes where a child may live; where and when each partner will see the child or children; and any other special requirements.

      Overall, family mediation will help to make a stressful time more constructive and will focus on cooperation between former partners.

      What are the main advantages of Mediation?
          • Less stress
          • Less conflict
          • You have more say in exactly what is agreed
          • Flexibility: agreements can be changed if circumstances change
          • Can prove to be less upsetting for children and helps to keep family relationships healthy
          • Can be quicker and more affordable than going to court
      Child Custody

      Maintaining a cordial relationship with your former partner is key to minimising the impact of divorce on your children. You will receive professional, impartial advice from our child custody mediators.

       

      Child Arrangement Mediation

      Deciding arrangements for children is a difficult and distressing process and it’s vital to seek professional help. Our mediators are fully trained to mediate sessions between you and your former partner so that you come to agreements on issues that are important to the welfare of your child.

      Give our team a call on 0116 201 8566.

      Working together with the help of an experienced mediator, both you and your partner will have a say in where your child lives, who they see and when, and any other important arrangements, including maintenance payments.

      Dodds Solicitors and mediators deal with cases of child custody dispute resolution in Leicester and provide a cost-effective alternative to court appearances. If you are looking for a constructive start to your separation and want the best for your child, child arrangements mediation from Dodds Solicitors is a proven service which will be tailored to your individual needs. Contact our team today for more information.

      Child Custody

      Maintaining a cordial relationship with your former partner is key to minimising the impact of divorce on your children. You will receive professional, impartial advice from our child custody mediators.

       

      Child Arrangement Mediation

      Deciding arrangements for children is a difficult and distressing process and it’s vital to seek professional help. Our mediators are fully trained to mediate sessions between you and your former partner so that you come to agreements on issues that are important to the welfare of your child.

      Give our team a call on 0116 201 8566.

      Working together with the help of an experienced mediator, both you and your partner will have a say in where your child lives, who they see and when, and any other important arrangements, including maintenance payments.

      Dodds Solicitors and mediators deal with cases of child custody dispute resolution in Leicester and provide a cost-effective alternative to court appearances. If you are looking for a constructive start to your separation and want the best for your child, child arrangements mediation from Dodds Solicitors is a proven service which will be tailored to your individual needs. Contact our team today for more information.

      Divorce

      Constructive discussions, guided by a professional mediator, to help you handle the complexities of divorce.

      Divorce & Separation Mediation

      Dodds Solicitors and mediators can help you deal with the breakdown of a marriage swiftly, effectively and fairly. We understand that a divorce can be a difficult time, particularly if disputes are involved, and we therefore strive to provide a sensitive, personalised divorce mediation service to help you deal with the complexities involved in separation.

      Contact our team on 0116 201 8566.

      The mediation service we provide is a way for both sides to constructively discuss and sort out issues that arise due to a separation, all with the aid of an unbiased mediator. Marriage disputes can be settled through a number of separation mediation sessions which allow you to establish personalised solutions which will work for you both.

      Not only does this mediation process give you the power to work out agreements yourself, it is also much more cost effective than going through the courts.

      Our professionals have the experience and knowledge to provide a fruitful mediation service and help you come to reasonable divorce dispute resolutions. Our Leicester team have many years of experience, are highly qualified and adept at dealing with all aspects of divorce mediation.

      To discuss the mediation process further, or to establish whether your situation is appropriate for divorce mediation, get in touch with our experts today.

      Wills & Probate

      The unique circumstances surrounding the delivery of a will – including unresolved family issues and high emotions – can lead to disputes which require the aid and expertise of a mediator to settle.

      Give our team a call on 0116 201 8566.

      Will and probate disputes are often effectively dealt with through the mediation process as it gives all parties an opportunity to formally discuss issues in a constructive and reasonable manner.

      Dodds wills and probate mediation service will provide impartial guidance and act as a useful intermediary throughout the process, with the aim of finding a mutually beneficial solution.

      Many reasons can form the basis of will disputes, including but not limited to:

      • Inheritance disputes
      • Claims of undue influence or fraud
      • Claims of reduced mental capacity
      • Disputes over legitimacy of alternate wills

      Our wills and inheritance mediation service will provide a forum for each clients’ issues to be discussed, and for a timely resolution to be found. Furthermore, this method can provide results without additional, costly fees associated with legal action which could squander the value of the estate.

      For the assistance of experienced, professional wills and probate mediators in Leicester, Dodds Solicitors can help. Get in touch with our helpful team today to learn more about our services.

      Property & Land Disputes

      At the end of a relationship, distribute your most valuable of assets justly with the help of our mediation service.

      If a relationship ends, it can be difficult to distribute shared belongings fairly and it is common for disagreements to arise. Property and land are likely the highest value belongings you own and this can result in disputes when trying to divide assets.

      Give our team a call on 0116 201 8566.

      If there is an imbalance in past contributions towards the asset, the situation can be far from simple and property or land dispute resolution services can help you establish a just result without the costs of legal action.

      With Dodds Solicitors’ property dispute mediation services, we will help you have productive discussions which result in a mutually agreed resolution.

      Our experienced specialists can act as an intermediary for any form of ownership dispute between any two parties, whether you have been married or not.

      For land dispute mediation and property dispute resolutions in Leicester, enlist the aid of the experts at Dodds Solicitors. Contact us today for further information about our process or services.

      Inheritance Disputes

      Find a mutally beneficial solution for your dispute with the assistance of a tactful mediator at this distressing time.

      It’s natural that inheritance disputes over estates, trusts and wills happen at a time of distress and hardship. In this situation, inheritance dispute services are key to finding a solution that suits all parties without having to attend costly court proceedings.

      Contact our team on 0116 201 8566.

      Depending on your circumstances, we can act for:

      • Asset recovery
      • Breaches of trust
      • Domicile issues
      • Fraudulent wills
      • Misappropriation of estate or trust property
      • Rectification of wills
      • And other disputes

      Every case is unique, which is why we offer a personalised service for each of our clients and will therefore discuss your individual needs before proceeding with mediation. We will work with you to promote an early settlement as soon as possible.

      This can include informal meetings between disputing parties or party representation by separate mediators. Overall, we aim to help parties cooperate to find a mutually beneficial solution to the dispute.

      For inheritance dispute resolution services in Leicester, the team at Dodds Solicitors are specialists with over 30 years’ experience. Simply contact us to begin discussing your case with a professional solicitor today.

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