What is Family Mediation?
a cost effective and informal way of resolving issues arising
from relationship breakdown. With the help of our qualified
specialist mediators parties aim to reach agreement on all issues in dispute.
Attendance is voluntary, meetings are confidential and mediators are impartial.
How does family mediation work at Sternberg Reed?
We generally speak to both
parties separately on the phone first.
Once both parties have agreed to
mediate then both parties attend each session. Depending on the issues in
dispute the process normally takes 4 or 5 sessions. Agreements can then be
recorded in formal documents drawn up by the mediator. Mediated agreements can,
if both parties want it, then form the basis of a legally binding Consent Order
in the County Court.
What do you do next if you think mediation seems right for you?
Call us on 01708 766155 and ask
to speak free of charge to Frances Anderson. As head of the mediation
department she will talk through with you how mediation works. Alternatively
you can email us email@example.com
quoting “mediation” and a member of our team will contact you.
If you decide you want to go
ahead with mediation we will then need to speak to the other party and explain
the process in the same way to them. Mediation is voluntary and people
therefore cannot be forced to attend.
How do sessions actually work?
Both parties work with the
trained mediator to identify the key issues in dispute and how to reach a
workable solution to each issue. Mediators sometimes work alone but
co-mediations, that is, where 2 mediators work together are also common.
Occasionally a specially trained child mediator can meet separately with
children and this information can be fed back into the mediation process. This
depends on the particular circumstances of your case and more information is
available on request.
What problems can be dealt with by us?
A number of issues commonly
arise when a relationship breaks down. These include:
- Children - including contact and with whom children
are to live
- Third party contact including grandparents and
other family members
This list is not exhaustive.
Please feel free to ask if the particular issues you have are not listed.
How much does it cost?
The mediation process takes on
average 4 to 5 sessions. Costs will depend on the issues to be resolved,
whether out of hour’s appointments are required, and whether mediation
agreements are to be drawn up at the end of the process, or between sessions,
We charge separately for drawing
Full details of our charging
rates are always set out in a letter in advance and are fixed rates. We aim to
provide you with straight forward information on how much the process will cost
Costs are payable in advance of
We can sometimes offer
appointments outside normal working hours and appointments can take place at
any of our 4 main offices Romford, Barking, Grays or Kentish Town.
About our team
Sternberg Reed has a large thriving
family and care department. Our mediation department compliments the existing
services already offered by the firm.
The team is headed by Frances
Anderson, a partner in the firm. Frances is a Family Mediation
Council approved Family Mediator, member of the Family Mediation
Association and affiliate member of
Resolution. She has been a solicitor with the firm for over 16 years and a
partner for 7 years. Frances
has a caring, professional style and is committed to making mediation work in
We have offices in Romford,
Barking, Grays and Kentish
If you would like to speak to
one of our team please contact Frances Anderson or Lisa Groves
Either by phone 01708 766155
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org