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Do you have any questions about family mediation? Ask a panel of experts here – £100 voucher prize draw!NOW CLOSED

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KathrynMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Jan-15 12:26:12

The Ministry of Justice has sponsored a panel of family mediation experts to answer any questions you may have about family mediation. The panel comprises the Minister for Family Justice, the Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP; Glynne Davies, Family Mediator for more than ten years and Robin ap Cynan who is a lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience as a Family Mediator - both are Board Members of the Family Mediation Council.

Here’s what they say, “January is the month when many people start looking for information about splitting up. If you are in that situation with your partner, or you know someone who is and you would like to find out how family mediation can help to sort out child arrangements, money and property, get involved and pose a question to our panel of experts.”

“Family mediation:
•Gives you more say about what happens. In court a judge will make the decisions. With mediation you and your ex decide.
•Works to improve your communication and helps you sort out your future.
•Is easier on your children when parents co-operate and helps them continue important family relationships.
•It can be quicker, cheaper and provides a longer lasting way to sort out family breakdown rather than drawn-out court battles.”

“1257 successful agreements were reached in family mediation in England and Wales between July and September 2014. This represents two thirds of funded family mediation cases.”

Post your questions to the panel on this thread by 12th January and we will send 20 questions over to them to respond to. We will then post a link to their responses on the thread on 19th January.

Everyone who adds a question (regardless of whether it’s answered or not) will be entered into a prize draw where one Mumsnetter will win a John Lewis vouchers to the value of £100.

Thanks and good luck,

Lalalalandlord Sun 11-Jan-15 19:53:29

What options are there other than mediation and going to court?

bobs123 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:54:22

If mediators cannot give advice how can you know you are getting a fair settlement?

It appears the only way to ensure is when both sides also have a solicitor to defer to after every meeting. This of course adds substantially to the costs and while the mediator is trying to facilitate an agreement the solicitors appear to have their own agenda.

Alchemist Sun 11-Jan-15 21:43:00

I was quoted £300 per hour for a mediator in East Sussex.

I wish I could afford the services.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 11-Jan-15 22:08:35

£300 pound an hour? I want to change my question.

How does one train to be a mediator? What skills, training and qualifications are needed?

sanfairyanne Sun 11-Jan-15 22:14:28

what evidence is there about the settlements received via mediation vs those received via judge/solicitors? essentially, do women come away with less money?

Kathderoet Mon 12-Jan-15 01:26:10

How is what is agreed upheld? if the courts decide someone is to be allocated so much in child support or how a pension is to be divided they have the law behind them to ensure payment. Will this service have the same legal backing?

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Jan-15 12:50:40

Thank you, everyone, for all your questions. This thread has now closed and we've sent off 20 questions to be answered by the family mediation panel. The answers will be posted on their microsite next week and we'll post a link here to the answers once they are available.

Congratulations to clopper who has won the prize draw for a £100 John Lewis voucher! We'll be in touch soon.

NoMoreDelays Wed 21-Jan-15 22:19:51

Any replies yet please?

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 22-Jan-15 09:34:06

NoMoreDelays the answers will be posted on a different page but we'll post a link here once it is live. This will most likely be at least another 2 weeks.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Feb-15 13:49:15

Hi everyone, you can now view the answers to your questions by clicking here.

NoMoreDelays Fri 13-Feb-15 10:21:24

Why wasn't my question answered?

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