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FAQs

Frequently asked questions around family mediation and how it works

What happens if mediation is not successful?

It’s natural to feel concerned and a bit anxious about something new, and part of that is wondering what happens if mediation doesn’t help you to find a resolution.  The good news is that mediation does have a good success rate in helping couples to find a resolution that works for them and their family.  But if it’s not successful there are other avenues that you can try.  At our initial meeting the mediator will explain the different ways of…

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Can you mediate civil disputes?

At LKW Family mediation we are focused on family mediation but we do have a contact who can undertake civil mediation work. Please contact us if you require more information. Please follow and like us:

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Is everything we agree in mediation binding?

Is family mediation legally binding? The idea of mediation is to give each separating couple the tools and the process to discuss ideas about the arrangements they will put in place following their separation. Generally those arrangements will concern any children, where each party will live and how they will separate their money (but it isn’t limited to that and you can discuss any relevant issue in mediation). Each party needs to feel free to make suggestions and to openly…

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Do I need a lawyer to attend mediation?

Are lawyers present in mediation? No, in the sense that there’s no requirement for you to have a lawyer acting for you. But you might want to think about taking some advice from a lawyer because it is often helpful to the discussions if each person has a reasonable expectation of what can be achieved. The mediator can provide a wealth of useful information to assist you, because they are a qualified family lawyer, but they cannot advise either of…

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Is mediation suitable for everyone?

Can mediation work for us? The short answer to this is yes. There are very few reasons why mediation could not work if both parties are willing to enter into the process. Before mediation begins we meet with each person separately to explain the process and answer any questions that they may have. This is important because you are more likely to get on board with a process if you understand it and can see how it works. We only…

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What is mediation?

Mediation aims to get you towards a mutual resolution We put this in our FAQs because people always feel bad about asking what they think are silly questions. But actually it’s a good starting point. We hope you’ve watched the video on our home page as that gives a good introduction. Mediation is where a separating couple directly discuss the things they think they need to sort out. Usually they sit in the same room and the mediator facilitates their…

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