Financial disputes between separating couples and difficulties over child contact and residence when parents separate is an ever increasing issue for our society. It is vital to understand that for the majority of cases is no government funding to go to court. Most people will have to pay privately for representation or will have to speak for themselves with no legal advice. The government is now requiring participants to prove they have considered using mediation before approaching the court, and thankfully at Venters there will still be legal aid available for mediation, where participants have a low disposable income.
Venters anticipated this need and our Family Mediation is well established in both our Surrey and London offices. Our Mediators are highly experienced and trained to help you explore your issues and come to agreement in a time and cost effective way. We are impartial and the process is confidential and voluntary. Decision making rests with the participants and at Venters we have a high success rate in enabling those involved to make decisions that can be made legally binding. Public funding will pay an independent solicitor to advise participants to help them make informed choices.
The first step when you recognise you cannot resolve a dispute by yourselves is to contact us on 01737 229610. We will arrange for you and the other party to attend an Information and Assessment Meeting. This usually lasts around 45 minutes and can be done with the participants separately or together. We will assess you both for legal aid, and provide information on how the process works. You can begin mediation sessions at a time and progress at a pace that suits you. The number of sessions depends on the complexity of the case, but usually ranges from two to five, each lasting around 90 minutes.
We offer appointments during the day, in evenings and at weekends at locations in and around Surrey and London. See http://www.venters.co.uk