How Can I Avoid Family Court for Child Access?

It’s always a tough situation whenever a relationship breaks down and this can be even tougher when there is a disagreement with child access with your ex-partner. Compared to going to family court to resolve your differences, mediation is an alternative that offers significant benefits and is more likely to result in amicable agreements between parties.

While it’s not necessary to attend mediation, if you do end up going to family court to resolve your differences, you may need to prove that you have attended a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting), which is an introductory meeting that explains what mediation is and how it could help you.

At Family Mediation & Counselling Services, we offer online family mediation services to help you reach an agreement on child access and financial settlement. If you need to resolve a dispute with child access and you are looking for alternative options to going to family court, mediation may be the right solution for you.


Why Choose Family Mediation Over Family Court?

Family mediation is a less formal process where parties can negotiate about their future arrangements and settlements with the help of an unbiased third-party. Mediation allows both parties to convey their opinions, discuss their differences, and find an agreement that may not have been possible at family court. This is a voluntary process and the mediator does not tell parties what to do, but they are there to help both parties communicate and reach an agreement amicably.

Mediation provides a wide range of benefits over going to family court, including:

More cost-effective – Typically, mediation sessions are far more cost-effective than going to family court. The costs of employing a lawyer compared to a mediator can be significant, especially when you take into consideration that you would be paying less money over a shorter period of time.

Quicker than going to court – One of the great benefits of mediation is that it usually is a shorter process than going to family court. Mediation can take anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks, whereas traditional court may take up to months or even years, depending on the complexity of the case.

It’s confidential – With mediation, there are no records or transcripts. Any discussions introduced during mediation may not be used or revealed later as the court will generally uphold confidentiality in mediation agreements.

An informal process – With mediation, it’s generally a less formal process as it allows both parties to be more engaged than you would in a court process. The mediator will also be able to focus on the needs and interests of both parties.

Greater chance of amicable agreements – Both parties have more control in mediation when compared to the court. As a result, both sides will be able to have greater input into the agreements and outcome.


Get in Touch with Family Mediation & Counselling Services

If you would like to have an online family mediation with one of our highly-trained and experienced family mediators, then please call us now or you can complete our ‘Request a Call Back’ form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

Call us on 0330 113 0005 or you can request a call back here.

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