Divorce & Separation – What Mediation is Not!


Divorce and Separation

At Woollcombe Yonge we recognise that separating and divorcing is an extremely emotionally difficult and stressful time, not only for the couple involved, but also for their children.

Many couples find themselves involved in Court proceedings which are costly and which are often hard for the parties to understand. The couple can become trapped into a cycle of information provision and upsetting allegations against each other.

Many couples however, welcome a more constructive, cooperative and amicable approach in which they can, with the assistance of an independent, neutral and impartial mediator, have discussions and reach agreement about their children and their financial circumstances.

What Mediation is Not

Mediation is not counselling to assist you to reconcile. Mediation helps you divide your assets and co-parent your children.

The Mediator is not a Judge and will not decide what you should do. The Mediator will help you to find your own solutions that work very best for your particular family circumstances and for you.

Mediation is confidential and therefore any discussions cannot be placed before a Judge. You are therefore able to discuss matters openly and transparently and to consider all possible options, rather than focussing on one particular position, as is encouraged through the courts.

Working with Solicitors

We actively encourage each party to instruct solicitors. We recognise that it is important for both parties to have their own independent legal advice. Sometimes the Mediator will identify questions for you to ask your solicitor between mediation sessions.

Legal Aid

As you may already be aware, Legal Aid is not generally available for children disputes and financial issues. However, in regard to mediation concerning your children and your financial issues, Legal Aid is still available where you are financially eligible. A Mediator can undertake an assessment of your financial means in order to ascertain whether you would be eligible for Legal Aid.

Will Giles

Our Mediator is Will Giles, who is accredited with the Family Mediation Council (U409A) and The Law Society. Will is an experienced Mediator, as well as having the advantage of having lengthy experience of all levels of family law as a solicitor. This gives Will a unique insight into the problems that arise for separating couples and how to resolve them.

Contact Us

Please contact us on 01752 660384, or email Will Giles on wg@wysolicitors.co.uk for more information.