Susan Alexander of Cullimore Dutton’s family team is a Ministry of Justice fully accredited family mediator trained in financial and children disputes and authorised to meet with children, where appropriate, in child inclusive mediation.

Almost always, problems are best solved when people talk, but sometimes you need someone neutral to help you to do this. When relationships end or there are disagreements, emotions can run high and talking face to face can seem like the hardest thing to do. Sometimes you need expert help to get the talking started and focus on what really matters to you and your family. That’s where a family mediator comes in.

Mediation allows a safe space for people who have decided to separate or divorce to talk through the arrangements about their children and about financial settlement.

Mediation works because it helps you both to make informed decisions that are right for you and your family. It provides a very cost effective solution and avoids the stress and uncertainty of going to court. It helps children by helping parents to work together to plan for their future security and happiness.

Susan Alexander is a Resolution lawyer and mediator and understands the law as well as being trained in mediation skills.

How does Mediation work?

 Mediators listen to you to find out what is important and to help you both to make choices together about the best way forward. They will help you to reach practical solutions which work for you and if you are parents, for your children. You will have an initial individual assessment meeting with the mediator to assess whether your matter is suitable for mediation – not all are. This first meeting is called a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) and since 2014 it has been obligatory to attend this meeting before making an application to the court. However, mediation itself is voluntary and no one can make you mediate, although courts prefer people to have tried mediation if possible. Following the MIAM, if your matter is assessed as being suitable, a full mediation will be arranged and typically there are between 2 and 4 full mediation meetings which last for around two hours. You will be encouraged to take legal advice from your solicitor during mediation so that you are fully informed on your legal rights and any discussions and proposals you make in mediation are subject to legal advice. The mediator will also give you neutral legal information to assist your discussions.

To find out more about how mediation can help you, visit www.resolution.org.uk/mediation

For more information contact susan.alexander@cullimoredutton.co.uk

Or telephone 01244 356 789


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