The Divorce and Separation Centre holds the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) Quality Mark for family mediation. We are therefore able to take referrals for all issues, principally children, property and finance. All our mediators are authorised by the Family Mediation Council to undertake Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM). All our clients are offered assessment for mediation Legal Aid.
We aim to work in a complementary relationship with clients’ solicitors, within the appropriate boundaries of confidentiality. We directly inform solicitors when mediation starts, when we have asked clients to seek legal advice and at the conclusion. We always encourage clients to instruct their own family lawyers and we routinely provide any unrepresented client with details of family lawyers who work with us.
Our mediators have undertaken qualifying training for meeting with children. In all cases where it is considered the children’s views should be sought, we meet with the parents first, before setting up appointments with children.
You can download our referral form for S.11 referrals, following the link. For all other referrals, you are welcome to use our form, write to us, telephone us or give our contact details to your clients.