Family Mediation

Reach a more amicable solution to disputes with Family Mediation

Going through a divorce or separation can be upsetting and tense, but it does not have to stay that way. Our accredited family mediator can help you to resolve your disputes, including children arrangements and financial decisions. Contact Switalskis today and speak to our family mediator.

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Family MediationWhat is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is a way of solving disputes between you and your ex-partner, by working together to ensure that beneficial decisions are made on behalf of each of you. At Switalskis, our experienced family mediator will meet with you and your ex-partner, both individually and together, to discuss your thoughts and disputes. We will guide you towards making amicable agreements through a series of meetings, the number of which can differ depending on the number of issues to settle.

Our family mediation solicitor will recommend finding appropriate legal advice throughout the mediation process. Family mediation is intended to provide a safe and impartial alternative to making decisions.  The mediator cannot provide advice to either party, however they can impart legal information should you require it. It is encouraged that you also appoint a qualified solicitor to work with you, especially towards the end of the process so that they can write up your agreements which can then be incorporated into a formal separation agreement or court order as appropriate.

You are required to attend a ‘mediation information and assessment meeting’ (MIAM) if you are seeking a court order to resolve a dispute over children, property or financial matters. At Switalskis, we offer MIAMs, as well as a full Family Mediation service.

Who pays for Family Mediation?

Legal aid is still available for some of our cases, depending on the circumstances. ‘Help with Mediation’ may also be available to cover the cost of obtaining legal advice in the context of ongoing mediation appointments. This would cover help such as advising as to the fairness of any agreement reached during mediation and formalising the agreement through the courts. If, upon assessment of your financial circumstances, you do not qualify for the public funding outlined above, our mediator will discuss with you their charges. Contact us today and speak to our family mediator to assess whether your case is eligible for funding.

How long does Family Mediation take?

If you are considering mediation, you should contact our mediator as soon as you can. By doing this we can prevent disputes from worsening. It is also useful to prove to a judge in court that you have attempted mediation and tried to settle disagreements. The time it takes varies based upon each individual case. Sessions can last for a couple of hours and depending on how many sessions are needed could last from a few weeks to a few months.

Our Family Law Specialists

Clare Peckett, Director & Family Law Solicitor

Clare Peckett

Director & Solicitor

Allan Layfield, Director & Family Law Solicitor

Allan Layfield

Director, Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Sharron Hardman Solicitor - Family Law - Switalskis

Sharron Hardman

Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Alison Kitchman, Family Law Solicitor

Alison Kitchman

Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Emily Abbey


Andrew Baines, Family Mediator

Andrew Baines

Solicitor & Family Mediator

Leanne Firth Family Law Solicitor

Leanne Firth


Louise Ryder Family Solicitor Switalskis

Louise Ryder


Chris Preston, Consultant Family Law Solicitor, Switalskis

Chris Preston

Consultant Solicitor

Judith Glynn, Consultant Family Solicitor - Switalskis

Judith Glynn

Consultant Solicitor

Toby Netting, Family Law Solicitor, Switalskis

Toby Netting

Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Joe Bartlett


Emma Frank Trainee Solicitor

Emma Frank

Trainee Solicitor

How can Switalskis help me?

Our family mediator is unbiased and focussed on helping you by finding and assessing issues that need resolving. Through civil discussions and decisions we can aid you in coming to arrangements that are positive for both you and your ex-partner, as well as providing many beneficial experiences for your children should they be involved. Our services can be more cost-effective than going through the court, and the process can also be quicker. It can be a much less stressful process, leaving you with peace of mind.

We also offer mediation services accredited by the Family Mediation Council; our Andrew Baines (URN: 0576A) is accredited by the FMC to provide family mediation, MIAMs and legally aided mediation services.

Contact us now on 0800 138 0458, or send us a message through our website to find out how we can help you.

What our clients say

"Thank you for all the valuable advice you gave me through my most difficult time and for helping me to achieve some closure."

Family Law Client

"I was very happy with the service provided and the way my case was handled."

Family Law Client

"They made sure I knew what the next steps were at each part of the process and made sure I was fully informed every step of the way. They were also very proactive in following up paperwork with the other solicitors on my behalf."

Family Law Client