Divorce & Separation – What is a Mediator?

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 is a Mediator? 

A Mediator is a specially trained facilitator. A Mediator is neutral and impartial and does not take sides in the discussions. The Mediator is specially trained to help both parties find solutions to the problems that have arisen following separation.   This avoids the need to attend Court, reduces costs and can assist in minimising stress and pressure. The collaborative nature of the discussions should lead to improvements in communication between a separating couple and leave them better able to co-parent their children in the long term.

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.