Mediation in Reading
An introduction to the benefits of Mediation and how it can assist you and issues you are facing
Mediation in Reading and what is mediation?
Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process intended to assist and consider issues between parties. Anyone can attend mediation (although the focus here is on family relationships, so this can include, unmarried families, married families alike). Often parties may need to consider the following:-
- Living arrangements for children – mediation can help explore issues relating to children, for example, where a child/children might live (formally referred to as Residence) or when they should spend time with their parents, siblings and wider family (formerly referred to as Contact);
- Financial matters and arrangements – mediation can help you consider and explore financial issues that might arise either prior to or as a family are separating (by reference to both unmarried and married families);
- Co-habitation and Pre-Nuptial Agreements – mediation can also positively help parties who are or will be living together to look at their future financial obligations and commitments to the other;
- The death of a loved one – mediation can help where there may be a dispute following the death of loved one.
The mediation process involves a Mediator who must be specifically trained and neutral throughout the process, whose main intention is to assist the parties to explore options regarding any issues that may be in dispute. In some cases, it may also be sensible to consider co-mediation as well (for example, where there are a number of different issues that need consideration) but the same mediation principles will still apply.
If the parties involved in the mediation process are able to make proposals to the other and then form an agreement through the Mediation process it is possible to form a document known as a Memorandum of Understanding that is considered fair and acceptable to all concerned, and the intention would be to avoid involving Court intervention if at all possible.
Both parties can then jointly to apply to court for the arrangements to be formalised, for example into a Minute of Consent Order or Child Arrangement Orders. This ensures that any proposals/agreements reached during the mediation process are legally binding
Either person can choose to leave the mediation process at any point.
If you think mediation could help you, you can contact Paul by calling: 0118 958 9711, or email: [email protected]
We used Barrett & Co re conveyancing for the purchase of our new home. Richard Ince and his team, Rebecca P and Emma D were brilliant from start to finish. They were patient and clear in their explanations throughout, and ensured that all our queries were addressed, large or small........ A professional and friendly service - Thank you!
We used Barrett & Co conveyancing services to buy our first house and they made the process really easy for us, and we completed within the period of time we were hoping for from the start. Piers and Emma were very nice and helpful, and we thoroughly recommend them.
Outstanding! I was seeking advice prior to an employment Tribunal. The advice was holistic, objective and delivered with pure integrity. The 1-hour consultation gave me the confidence to proceed and do it with pride. I went into the Tribunal alone and was against an employer who arrived in force- I was outnumbered 4:1- and won! Not only was the advice immaculate and precisely on point , the humble and "real" element to our interaction was warming and very supportive. Thank you!
As a client of Barrett and Co LLP for many years, I recently had the pleasure of liaising with a Barrett and Co legal executive, Ms Juliette Spanner, with whom I had not previously encountered face to face, or even by telephone. I have in recent years lost my wife, and this was the first time I was dealing with a legal matter that I would normally have discussed with my wife of many years. During our first conversation by phone, I quickly realised that I had no need to 'go it alone' as Juliette immediately grasped my requirements and personal circumstances, and imbued me with complete confidence in the eventual outcome. From the outset, her subsequent written communication with me was of the highest order, timely and responsive to any queries I brought up, whilst her personal standard of verbal communication by telephone in the present Covid circumstances was exemplary. I was, as I have come to expect over the years in my dealings with Barrett and Co, totally satisfied with every aspect of my business dealings with Juliette. I have every confidence that the level of interest, professional standards and patience she demonstrated will continue to enhance the reputation of Barrett and Co. in her dealings with future clients. I unreservedly recommend both the firm and Juliette as a very reassuring and professionally competent duo. I commend them both, and wish them well in the uncertain times in which we live.
Justin Sadler did an outstanding job, providing excellent support and advice. Very professional and willing to guide you. He always replied to my emails and phone calls immediately. An amazing solicitor - definitely recommend him!
Barrett & Co came highly recommended through professional contacts. All the Barrett's staff we dealt with were polite and efficient. Chris Miller, who acted on our behalf, was polite, and professional, and his advice was sensible. We would recommend Barrett & Co.
Justin is a very nice man, he is very interested in what you have to say. Helpful and always responsive to any questions and will reply back was very happy with all he has helped me with Roger Buller
Extremely satisfied with the service. A protracted and complex case made bearable by the very professional and caring approach. The firm also took great care to avoid costs spiraling out of control. I would recommend Barrett & Co to anyone who asked.