Mediation is a recognised, voluntary and confidential form of dispute resolution for separating or separated families who may be experiencing difficulties in sorting out arrangements associated with a relationship breakdown. A professionally trained mediator offers help and guidance by talking things through and in finding practical solutions without the need, added expense or worry of litigation or Court intervention.
Mediation - Finding solutions together
- Deborah Whicker
- Family Lawyer & Mediator
What is a Mediator?
A Mediator is an independent trained professional who is neutral and impartial. Their role is to help parties to reach their own informed and workable decisions by way of discussion and negotiations.
What services do we offer?
At Franklins we offer mediation to families experiencing difficulties before, during or after separation. We welcome all family situations including: separating couples, grandparents, or anyone experiencing disputes surrounding separating or separated parties. Mediation usually takes place between the two parties and lasts between one to three sessions lasting approximately 90 minutes each time.
During these sessions our mediator will help you to look at the practicalities of your particular situation and facilitate open discussions on how you might be able to move forward on a variety of issues including, but not restricted to:
• Divorce or Civil Partnership separation
• Financial and Property arrangements
• Child arrangements including Parenting Plans
Every family is unique and it is our aim and promise that we will treat you with respect and integrity, whatever the issues are.
How does the Mediation process work?
A party can either refer themselves or be referred by their lawyers. The referring party will then be invited to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) appointment where our Accredited Family Mediator, Deborah Whicker, will assess the suitability of mediation, provide information on the process and what the next steps are.
To download your mediation referral form click here.
We are unable to offer Legal Aid for our mediation services, but our Mediator will provide clear cost information and take you through your options and costs for further mediation sessions, should mediation be suitable for your case at the MIAM.
• Individual Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) (This includes a signed Court Form if required) is £100 + VAT (£120) per person
• Joint Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) £150 + VAT (£180) shared cost*
• Child Inclusive Mediation (CIM) (up to 45 mins) £75 + VAT (£90) per session
Please note that all payments are to be made in advance and will include VAT. All costs are taken for each party to pay their own unless it is otherwise agreed between you. *Where a ‘shared’ cost is indicated this is taken to be shared 50/50.
Our Mediator - Deborah Whicker
Deborah has been working in Family Mediation since 2009 and her particular focus is on helping clients explore alternative methods of finding solutions. Deborah qualified as an Accredited Family Mediator in 2010 and as a Child Inclusive Consultation Mediator in 2012. Being a Child Inclusive Mediator means that Deborah can discuss agreed issues directly with children affected by a separation or divorce proceeding.
Deborah is also a Member of Resolution (an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association) and she is committed to their guidelines, which aim to foster a non-confrontational approach and to resolve cases as amicably, fairly and cost-effectively as possible.