Farnham Office offers Supported Mediation

by Sandra Meakins on January 7, 2015

Kidd Rapinet’s Farnham office now offers Supported Mediation – a combined lawyer and mediator led initiative.

What is ‘Supported Mediation’?

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The decision to separate can be emotionally and financially draining. Supported Mediation offers you the unique opportunity to finalise your divorce and resolve financial arrangements at a capped cost with the assistance of both a family lawyer and a family mediator.

You and your partner will each be offered 10.5 hours of legal assistance and 4.5 hours of joint mediation for only £2,900 plus VAT (if applicable).

Occasionally, the unexpected happens or you may simply wish to have more time with your lawyer or mediator, in which case you can agree extra time at an additional cost.

Is the Process Right for You?

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This process will suit you if you wish to keep control of the cost of your divorce proceedings and actively participate in any decisions regarding your future finances. You will have the additional confidence of having your family lawyer supporting you throughout the process.

The scheme is designed for those with joint incomes not exceeding £100,000 per annum and whose combined UK assets and pensions do not exceed £1.5 million.

Your chosen lawyer and mediator will both explain the process in full, their respective roles and what you can expect from this scheme.

How Does it Work?

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Step 1: Independently 

Choose your respective family lawyers from our network.

Step 2: Jointly

Decide which mediator for your joint sessions.

Step 3 (1 hour): Independently

Meet with your respective family lawyers for your first consultation.

Step 4 (1.5 hours): Jointly

Attend first mediation session.

Step 5 (1.5 hours): Jointly

Attend your second mediation session.

Step 6: Independently

Receive legal advice from your respective lawyers.

Step 7 (1.5 hours): Jointly

Attend your third mediation session to conclude arrangements you have made.

Step 8

Your mediator then drafts the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Open Financial Statement (OFS).

Step 9

Your lawyers then review the MOU and OFS and draft Consent Order to lodge at court for the Judge to approve.

Your Team

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Your Supported Mediation team operates in Hampshire and Surrey and consists of highly experienced and skilled family lawyers and mediators who are all members of Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association). Please contact Sandra Meakins in our Farnham office on 01252 713242 for more details.