Mediation is available for married couples, cohabitees, same sex couples, step-parents and grandparents on a variety of issues.
Appointments are available daytime/evenings 7 days a week – and there’s a free advice clinic in Shoreham on Saturdays.
Where applicable, Delta provides Mediation funded by legal aid. Not all mediators do. If you are eligible for legal aid then Mediation is FREE.
Family Mediation Council
Delta’s lead mediator Susan Nathan is an accredited family mediator with the profession’s regulatory body – the Family Mediation Council.
How mediation can help
For most couples, separation forces them to make decisions about the most important aspects of their lives – children, home, finances and the future. Often people do not know where to turn for help with all the decisions they face. Far too often people go straight to a solicitor, and can sometimes end up going through a costly and lengthy court process which is trying to resolve issues that are wholly unsuitable for the courtroom.
Although the law relating to divorce is fairly straightforward (if a little dated), no two relationships are the same so the outcomes are variable. Consequently, legal costs in divorce are often extremely high as even experienced family solicitors cannot accurately predict the outcome of a protracted courtroom battle.
Recent years have seen a quiet revolution in family law as more and more people have been signposted away from litigation to Mediation – a process more suited and more responsive to solving their problems.
Mediation is a voluntary process which encourages parties to negotiate their issues face to face with the help of a neutral, independent third party – a mediator.
In Mediation parties retain control of the situation by setting their own agenda, there is a broader range of possible outcomes available to them and agreements are specifically designed to meet both parties’ needs (as well as their children’s) at a fraction of the cost of litigation.
Delta Family Mediation specialises in helping separating couples reach agreement about the most important aspects of their lives. We will work with you to identify all the issues and to find acceptable and workable solutions for you and your family.
Frequently asked ...
The FAQs page deals with some of the most commonly raised queries regarding Mediation, such as “Do I still need a solicitor?”, “How many meetings will we have?” and “Will whatever we agree in Mediation be legally binding?” – and even “Do we have to be in the same room together?”FAQs
Attending a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) can be an extremely useful exercise as it is helpful to know what options you do and don’t have open to you and to understand a bit more what the courts can, can’t and possibly won’t do for you.
You can check your eligibility for legal aid by using the Government’s online calculator. If you are still not sure, your eligibility can be checked by the mediator. If you are not eligible for legal aid there is an hourly charge for Mediation sessions.
The vast majority of people welcome the chance to discuss their issues in a safe environment with an impartial, independent mediator who will guide the process and who works to help both parties come to an agreement that is mutually satisfactory.
Mediation usually works – but it needs commitment
Mediation is not an easy option. You must set the agenda for discussion and you must make the decisions. The mediator will not tell you what to do. However, studies show that over 70 per cent of cases that go to Mediation reach settlement and a further percentage settle as a direct result of the process.
If agreement is reached on some or all of the issues discussed in Mediation, a Memorandum of Understanding will be written up by the mediator so that each party has a record of what has been agreed. To make any agreement legally binding, the agreement needs to be put before the Court in the form of a Consent Order.