Family Mediation Services in Reading, Berkshire and surrounding areas ✆ 07500 080361 ✉ sandra@sandramarshallmediation.co.uk

SANDRA MARSHALL FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICES
Legal Information, Impartial Guidance & Consensual Resolution

Are you looking to resolve matters arising on separation or divorce in a non-confrontational way for the benefit of the whole family?

I have worked as a family lawyer and mediator for over 20 years and as a collaborative lawer since 2006 and I can help you.

 

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Mediation is voluntary and requires the consent of both of you before it can take place.

Confidential

Conversations that take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be relied on in any subsequent court proceedings.

Impartial

A mediator is impartial and remains objective and unemotional, encouraging constructive communication.

yourself

Decisions are made by both of you and the power to control the outcome belongs to both of you.

What is mediation?

It’s not unusual for conflict to arise when a relationship breaks down.  Making decisions together can be hard and the situation may feel insoluble.  A mediator can provide short term help by working with you both, encouraging you to identify the decisions that need to be made and exploring possible solutions with you.  Mediation is one of the most effective ways of preventing, managing and resolving conflict.  In a family law context, it’s about managing separation and its consequences. 

Four main principles underpin the mediation process:

All decisions are made by you

At the end of the mediation I will supply a Memorandum of Understanding reflecting the decisions you’ve made.  The Memorandum is legally privileged and cannot be referred to within any subsequent court proceedings.  Decisions in mediation aren’t legally binding and the Memorandum needs to be taken to your lawyer so the terms can be incorporated into the relevant legal paperwork.

Mediation sessions are confidential and are separate from court proceedings

The reasons for a relationship breakdown are often sensitive and highly personal.  Mediation sessions are confidential with the exception of any safeguarding issues that arise and factual financial information which is provided and shared within the process.  Unless specifically agreed by everyone, all the conversations that take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be relied on in any subsequent court proceedings.

A mediator remains impartial

The mediator is neutral, non-judgmental and will not take sides. By encouraging constructive communication and an understanding of the other person’s point of view, a spirit of co-operation is created. The mediator will ensure each person has sufficient information and understanding to make agreements designed to survive the test of time. 

Mediation is a voluntary process

Mediation is a choice and requires consent of everyone before it can take place.  All parties are free to withdraw at all time. 

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Please keep yourselves safe during the current coronavirus threat.  During this period I will be offering MIAMs by video call and substantive mediation in appropriate cases.

As your mediator, my aim is to help you both negotiate constructively by providing tools and information so you can make mutually acceptable decisions about arrangements for the future in a calm and informed way.


Your mediation questions answered

"I found mediation to be completely fair and equal to both parties. I felt comfortable and confident in the meetings, and not intimidated at all.  

The process was calm and much less stressful than I thought it would be. The process of separating was frightening, but legal issues and formal processes were explained and simplified so I could understand. Between meetings I had time to reflect and I could re-address issues at the next meeting if I wanted to. 

Following the breakdown of my marriage, I felt myself and ex-partner could not communicate effectively about issues that needed to be agreed. Mediation gave us a neutral and professional platform to find conclusions. It helped me to see things from my ex partners point of view and allowed us both to compromise. Mediation helped us to reach the best possible outcome for our children's futures and wellbeing. The mediation process was tailored to us and the issues we wanted to agree on. 

I would definitely recommend mediation to find a fair solution for both parties." Philippa

    Collaborative Family Lawyer Mediator Resolution Member

 

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