Some Of The Things We Can Help With
When intimate partner relationships break down, mediation is a safe and structured way to sort out financial and parenting arrangements.
Private and confidential one-hour meeting with an authorised family mediator to assess whether a problem or dispute can be addressed without involving the courts.
Mediation provides a way of sorting out arrangements for a loved pet when the owners’ relationship ends.
Mediation is a more effective way for most people to solve their problems or resolve their disputes than going through the legal system.
With our decades of expertise as solicitors and mediators, we help clients achieve better, faster, more affordable, and longer lasting results.
Mediation works for individuals, groups, and organisations.
MIAM stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. It is an individual and confidential meeting with a specially qualified family mediator to see if a problem or dispute could be addressed without involving the courts.
Most applicants to the family court will need to have a MIAM before they can make an application. This might be to obtain a financial remedy order following a divorce or dissolution, or to apply for a child arrangements order. A private and confidential consultation, similar to a MIAM, is also needed before mediation can start, even where court is not a consideration.
During your MIAM or private consultation you will have the opportunity to describe your situation and the problem you face. The mediator will explain how mediation works, what the alternatives to mediation might be and how they work. Together with you, the mediator will assess if mediation might be suitable. If relevant, the mediator will tell you about child inclusive mediation and provide information about other services where you can get help and support.
If mediation isn’t suitable, or you don’t want to try it, the mediator will provide a MIAM certificate which will enable you to make a court application.
A MIAM lasts up to an hour and can take place in-person or over online video.
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Our Engagement Process
Our Engagement Process Is Outlined Below. Each Mediation Service Has Its Own Process, But Generally It Follows These Steps:
Contact us to start the process by calling or emailing directly, or by being referred by a lawyer.
Initial Private Consultation
We discuss your needs and goals and determine if mediation is the right option for you.
We facilitate a joint conversation over one or more meetings with you and the other participant(s) , to help you reach a mutual proposal.
We help review and test any proposal to ensure that all participants are satisfied before confirming the agreement.
I’m writing to thank you both for your calmness and support during the past 14 months. Mediation was the right thing to do but not easy too. I see the house as a new start and I am embracing my new life.
Thank you again and wishing you both a lovely summer.
(Stephen and Elisabet) provided an effective and supportive environment in which potential sources of conflict were methodically and patiently worked through … the mediators were not only patient listeners but skilled in guiding potentially stalled discussion into areas where constructive progress could be made.
My initial telephone contact with Start Mediation convinced me to work with them – clear, concise and professional.
The initial MIAM consultation was set up quickly and proved very useful. Elisabet was focused, empathic, professional, and as helpful as possible given my situation.
She undertook the required follow-up actions efficiently, reporting back to me on progress.
Ultimately, the process was unable to continue because my ex-partner declined the opportunity to participate. Based on my experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending Elisabet.
Stephen guided me through the sometimes tortuous and often frustrating processes surrounding divorce and consent agreement, with calm, wisdom and insight. He takes a pragmatic approach, focussed on securing the best possible mutual agreement and consensus. I recommend him highly, not least for his honesty, good humour and expertise, backed by experience.
It is today a year since we divorced, a decree absolutely issued the same day as our wedding anniversary!
Just a quick note to say that we are still working together and are both doing very well. (My ex) still relies on me heavily to run the business during his absence and has now given me more interesting responsibilities.
So after weeks of difficult mediation, we have now turned the page and (our child) is delighted to see her parents, individually, both happy and at peace.
I’d like to say thank you again for the very professional and sympathetic way that you and Tom (Farrell) steered us through our complex and at times tortuous negotiations. At the end of the day, I’m confident that we secured a compromise that satisfied both of us and hopefully we won’t need to come back!
I have however recommended you to a couple of people recently. My solicitor considered the “Summary of Mediation” you submitted to be the best she had ever received and shared it with her colleagues on the Family Team at her firm as an example of good practice.
Whilst going through a difficult divorce; juggling the emotional fallout of the relationship breakdown, the challenges of relocating and ever increasing legal bills, it was suggested that my now ex-husband and I sought mediation.
Start Mediation were able to accommodate us by allowing us to have our sessions online. This was instrumental in us being able to move the divorce procedure (Consent Order) forward.
Stephen is very easy to talk with and has a wealth of experience and valuable insight into the divorce process. I can hand heard say that we would not have reached resolution without Stephen’s help and I heartily recommend him as a professional: fair, accessible, productive and indisputably patient mediator.
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