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Family Mediation in Bradford

About Direct Mediation Services in Bradford 

We are a group of mediators in Bradford accredited by the Family Mediation Council. Our Managing Partner, Stuart Hanson, is not just an award-winning mediator, but also on the board of directors of the College of Mediators. He trains young and upcoming family mediators all over England and is accredited by the FMC (Family Mediation Council).

Our clients from all over England and Wales, including Bradford, have access to our mediation service for families. We offer online mediation and also face-to-face at one of our 230+ venues. Our team members, who are mediators, are fully capable of signing court forms (C100, FM1 etc.) as all of them are accredited mediators.

We, as a team, provide family mediation services to families going through restructuring, which is often a result of divorce of separation. Our trained mediators play a neutral role to help you and your former partner communicate clearly and facilitate future arrangements between the two parties instead of having the court step in and decide for you.

Following a divorce or separation, grandparents can find themselves in a difficult position.
This sometimes results in contact with grandchildren stopping. Starting mediation with
family members can support grandparents in finding a solution for future contact. We have
a mediation venue in Family Mediation Bradford; however, we do have same day appointments for online meetings.

Why choose family mediation?

Choosing to go for mediation is not simple. The first step is accepting the fact that there is a problem and that open communication is not possible within the family anymore. Choosing to go for mediation acknowledges that you would like to improve the situation by coming up with an arrangement that is a win-win situation for all the involved parties. Making the initial phone call is the hardest part sometimes, we have an option to directly make a booking online as well; keeping in mind that any time you feel comfortable enough, you can directly call and talk to someone at Direct Mediation Services.

The three most common things that family mediations assist with:

Child arrangements

Who do the children go to? Will maintenance be required for the children and how much? What issues are the children facing?

Communication

How to reduce conflict? After separation, how can the children get what’s best for them? If a new partner is involved, how is that dealt with?

Financial & Property Arrangements

How is the family house dealt with? How do we split the assets? How do I deal with my cash flow? How do I handle my day to day expenses after separation?

Some of the reasons why mediation could be the best option moving forward are:

Children benefit more – It is widely accepted that children do much better when parents cooperate even after separation; this allows them to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents.

Going to court is much slower – You can save around 10.5 months by going down the family mediation path; the average number of days that family mediation takes is 110 while non-mediated cases tend to take close to 435 days.

Mediation takes place in safe environment – Everything is kept confidential with mediation. The meetings too are held either at our office or a neutral location.

Less conflict and stress – During a court case it is always one person looking to win against the other; whereas mediation helps to come up with a solution that works best for everyone.

In mediation, you make the decision unlike court – Mediation helps you come up with a legally binding solution that works well for both, you and your family.

Mediation saves you money – The National Audit Report of 2012 states that you can save around £2,148 on average by deciding to go for family mediation. The cost on average for mediation was £675 per client and the cost for court cases was £2,823 per client.

If you are not on good terms with your former partner, then seeing them during the mediation process might be concerning for you. A MIAM (Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting) is set up for each person before the entire process begin; this is the best time to clear any inquiries that you might have about the process as you will have the chance to speak with the family mediator about your situation in private.  There are two ways to do this, either face to face or online and it lasts for about an hour. One of the key points to keep in mind about this meeting is that you will be alone with the accredited mediator and your former partner will not be part of it. Here are the stages of the mediation process:

The family mediation process

Family mediation is not something that is many people understand. To describe the process and how it can be beneficial for your family, we have split it into four easy steps.

Initial meeting with a mediator (MIAM)

The first meeting that you have with the accredited family mediator usually lasts for around an hour. It is called the MIAM and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the entire process. This can either be done online using a social media platform like WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype etc. or can be done face to face as well. While doing your booking online, you can also schedule your appointment for the MIAM at the same time. Topics to be discussed during the MIAM:

  1. What exactly is mediation and how does it works.
  2. Deciding between mediation and another types of family dispute resolution that might be a better option for your case. Solicitor negotiation, arbitration and collaborative law are other possible options to go for.
  3. How mediation can benefit you in comparison to other family dispute resolution options.
  4. Required number of sessions.
  5. Medication cost for your case.
  6. Evaluate if you fall within the eligibility criteria to be publicly funded via Legal Aid.

Agreement to mediate

The initial mediation session is where the accredited mediator explains the rules of mediation and this is all documented in the Agreement to Mediate. You and your ex-partner will be asked to sign this document as acknowledgement that you both are aware of the rules. You are also entitled to get a copy of this document to take home and review in advance and you can ask for this during your MIAM.

Different types of mediation

There are different types of mediation and your assigned mediator will discuss the best options for your situation.

  1. Sole mediation

The most commonly used type of the four is sole mediation. You, your former partner and the mediator are all together in a room at the same time to try and come up with solutions. There would most probably be three of these sessions that last between an hour and an hour and a half, but it all really depends on the complexity of the situation and the number of issues that need to be addressed.

  1. Co-mediation

Co-mediation is used when the dispute is a bit complex and more than one issue needs to be tackled. This may require the expertise of different mediators and always has two or more mediators involved. This is also the best type of mediation when there are more than two parties and the conflict is at a higher level than usual.

  1. Shuttle mediation

This solution and is the best choice when both parties are not willing to discuss their issues and do not want to be present in the same room together. In this case, one or more mediators have to ‘shuttle’ between rooms to overcome the requirement of face-to-face conversation. This type of mediation does not help the relationship but still is an effective way to resolve a dispute without having the two parties face each other. A consequence is that it is much slower than the other mediation methods.

  1. Child Consultations

This is the option where the child gets to communicate with the accredited family mediator. This is subject to the child’s approval and also requires the agreement of you and your partner. In this entire process, children are never asked to make any choices or decisions. For details, click here.

The final outcome

After the completion of the family mediation process, the mediator elaborates on how legal advice can be attained to cement the proposals that have been mutually agreed upon and how to convert them into legally binding court orders. Proposals related to children are not required to be converted into court orders; however, financial related proposal often would be required to. At times, an agreement may not be reached; the mediator would then put forward other available options such as court proceedings and arbitration. The family mediators will always suggest what they feel is best but will never enforce a decision. At times they might ask you to visit a domain specialist for extended consultation if required.

What will family mediation cost in Bradford?

The two options are:

  1. Legal Aid
  2. Privately paying

Legal Aid

You can avail our mediation services without any cost if you are eligible for Legal Aid. You would most likely be eligible to receive Legal Aid if you are on a low income or if you have benefits such as Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Income Based Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support. In a situation where you receive Legal Aid but your former partner does not, the Legal Aid agency will pay for their MIAM and initial session as well. They will have to pay for all sessions that follow. A Legal Aid application takes around 10 days to process; you can connect with one of team members to check if you are eligible.

Privately Paying

Your MIAM within office hours £130 BOOK NOW

Our clients can book online and get an appointment for an MIAM within three days of their booking. You could decide to do this before you pick your children from school or even during your lunch break. Our target is to facilitate you with a time that suits you. If a face-to-face session works better, give us a call and let us know.

Early Morning/Evenings/Weekend Online MIAM £180 BOOK NOW

Attending a MIAM could be hard for people that are working and at times it is just impossible to take a day off – to help with that we also have MIAMs over the weekends and in the evenings. You can also opt to do your MIAM early in the morning, before you start your work day at around 07:00.

Online MIAM within an hour £180 BOOK NOW

In some cases, the MIAM certificate is only needed for a court application form to be completed. For cases like these, we offer a one-hour express service. You could be anywhere, even at work or the lawyer’s office and we could do the MIAM with you online and email you the certificate required for the court application.

Mediation Session Fees £130 per person per hour

Our costing is very simple, private clients are charged £130 for the sessions and the payment should ideally be done before the session begins, by bank transfer or by card.

Our family mediation centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire

In Bradford, West Yorkshire, Direct Mediation Services has its venue at Quaker Meeting House, Russell Street, Bradford, BD5 0JB. For those of you who don’t know, Bradford is a major city in the renowned metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, England. It is not too far from Leeds, only 8.6 miles (14 km) and very close to the Pennines. The city has a population within the Bradford council area of just over half a million people, making Bradford the third-largest city in Yorkshire and the HumberLeeds and Sheffield are the only cities bigger in Yorkshire. The city is in Northern England, United Kingdom. Bradford is also part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area, which nineteen years ago had a population of one and a half million people and is the fourth biggest in the UK.

History is an integral part of the city and it was formally part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Bradford became well-known internationally during the 19th century as a global centre of textile manufacture, specifically wool. It has been described as a boomtown of the great Industrial Revolution. Bradford was one of the first industrialised settlements, and was referred to as the “wool capital of the world”. The city was perfectly located as it had access to iron ore, coal and soft water, which helped Bradford become the textile capital. Following the city’s development, the population increased massively. Bradford’s architecture is outstanding and it has many Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed building from the Victorian era, which includes the imposing Italianate City Hall. Bradford became a city in 1897. Following local government reforms of 1974, the city limits are within Bradford metropolitan borough.

Sadly for Bradford, in the middle of the 20th century there was the deindustrialisation of the city, which caused the city to go into decline and today Bradford faces big financial and social issues – post-industrial Northern England. Bradford today is visited by many tourist and became the first UNESCO City of Film as a result of the following venues: National Science and Media Museum, Alhambra theatre, Bradford City Park and Cartwright Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get free family mediation in Bradford?

Family mediation with an accredited family mediator is usually not free. However, if you are on a low income, or a specific benefir, such as Universal Credit, you may qualify for Legal Aid. It is always important to ask your provider if they have a Legal Aid contract.

How do I find the best family mediator in Bradford?

All accredited family mediators are registered on the Family Mediation Council website. If a mediator's name is not on the website, it means that they are not accredited and as a result will not be able to sign court forms.

Where can I go for family mediation in Bradford?

To find out where your nearest family mediator in Bradford is, visit the Family Mediation Council website, which liists the venues for mediation. Most mediators also offer an online service.

How much does family mediation in Bradford cost?

Family mediation usually costs around £120 per hour. However, if you are eligible for Legal Aid, there will be no charge for accessing the service. For private clients, always remember to ask if the price includes VAT.

Direct Mediation Services

Direct Mediation Services is a trading name of The Intelligent Solutions Group Ltd. The company is registered in England and Wales.  Company Number 7760633. VAT registration number 334 8141 12. Our company’s registered address is 5 Carla Beck House, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton, Skipton, BD23 3BQ.

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