Divorce & Dissolution
Separation doesn’t have to be difficult, let’s help you find an agreement that works for everyone.
What is divorce and dissolution mediation?
When you’re breaking up, it’s never going to be easy for you or your children. It will be easier, though, if the person you’re breaking up with can hear what you are saying and you can hear them.
Choose mediation and you’ll work with professionals who are trained to help people communicate better. Better communication is the key to finding solutions to nearly all problems and disputes in all types of situations. It keeps you in control of the outcome, is quicker and less expensive than the main alternatives. Mediation will help you look forward to a better recovery and a more certain future.
What are the benefits of divorce and dissolution mediation with Start?
Having previously practiced as solicitors, we have real insight into the court system. We saw for ourselves how the legal system doesn’t help those going through relationship breakdown. People who are already emotionally fragile are encouraged to fight each other. This affects not only them but their wider families too. There are usually no winners except the legal system itself.
Knowing that there must be a better alternative, we retrained as mediators. And finding that mediation works, we stopped practising as solicitors. As full-time, accredited mediators we now have thousands of hours of mediation experience behind us.
When you call Start Mediation, the phone will be answered by a mediator, not an administrator. With our legal and mediation experience, we will quickly help you decide whether mediation could help you. We are experts in online mediation having been the first mediation service to offer it routinely in 2013. So, wherever you are, Start is the best place for you to begin sorting out your future.
Common divorce and dissolution mediation problems we help with
- Ensuring you are heard.
- Providing a level playing field for discussion about finances and children.
- Getting the timing of the divorce or dissolution right.
- Explaining the court process where relevant.
- Understanding the law.
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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How is the cost of mediation services determined?
The cost depends on two factors: the background hourly rate and the number of meetings. To keep things simple we charge a fixed price for each meeting, rather than charge by the hour. This provides certainty over the cost. The price covers the mediator’s preparation time, the meeting itself – typically 90 or 120 minutes – a written summary, and all routine emails and phone calls. Each participant typically pays their own share. For more details about our prices contact us or visit the pricing page.
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