Taking place from 18 – 22 January 2021, the team at Levison Meltzer Pigott is proud to support Family Mediation Week by raising awareness about mediation. The campaign, organised by The Family Mediation Council (FMC), advocates the use of mediation as means to “help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively.”
As a specialist family law practice, Levison Meltzer Pigott endorses all alternative means of dispute resolution and recognises that, whilst in some cases a Court-based approach is unavoidable, it should always be seen as a last resort.
As a voluntary form of alternative dispute resolution, mediation allows couples to discuss a wide range of family issues together with an independent and neutral third party. The aim of the process is to reach an agreement with the parties maintaining ownership of the outcome, rather than it being dictated to them by lawyers or a Judge.
Mediation encourages active listening and an opportunity for both parties to have their say, whether about financial matters or child arrangements. The mediator will support those conversations, and encourage discussion that facilitates a fair outcome for all. When children are involved, their welfare will always be prioritised.
Simon Pigott, Partner at LMP and long-standing mediator, speaks of the benefits of the process for the clients:
“The increasing uptake in couples seeking to mediate their differences shows how the message for many has finally come through. Mediation offers you a way out of a difficult time in your life in a way that is not charged with the tensions, cost and delay that the “see you in court” approach so often generates. In particular, during these troubled times, mediation can move matters forward even when locked down with your spouse or partner.”
If you would like more information about mediation, please contact Simon Pigott ([email protected]) or another member of the LMP team