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At Divorce Solutions SE we understand that going through a divorce can be an emotional and financial 'roller coaster'.

Traditionally it has been accepted as 'normal' for many couples entering into divorce to instruct separate solicitors and then spend vast amounts of time, energy and money arguing over who has what. In fact, the average cost of an acrimonious divorce of this kind in the UK can be in excess of £15,000 per person.

There is now new hope for divorcing and separating couples. Due to changes in the law, it is compulsory for divorcing couples to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Exemptions are listed below*. This meeting must be conducted by an appropriately qualified person.

DIVORCE WILL NOT TAKE YEARS, BUT BE COMPLETED WITHIN MONTHS

CHILDREN INVOLVED ACHIEVE STABILITY IN A MUCH QUICKER TIME

WE OFFER A SPEEDY, LEGAL AND HIGHLY COST EFFECTIVE SERVICE

Divorce Solutions SE not only specialise in divorce and separation mediation, including MIAM's, but offer a fresh approach to divorce.

Instead of both parties hiring solicitors and arguing over finances, assets and most importantly, children; one neutral accredited mediator can help both parties reach agreement. This is then recorded in a document called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which, in simple terms, encapsulates how finances, property/assets and pensions etc. will be split and if appropriate, how child arrangements will be dealt with. Once finalised, we advise both parties to take this agreement (MOU) to an independent solicitor to verify it and complete a Consent Order so that the divorce can be processed by the Court.

A RANGE OF OPTIONS TO EXPLORE WITH ALL COSTS KNOWN IN ADVANCE

YOU STAY IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL, CHILD AND PROPERTY ARRANGEMENTS

FOR CLEAR NO-NONSENSE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

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+44 (0) 1227 634 989 or info@divorcesolutions-SE.uk

*The exemptions for attending MIAM's are:

  • You, or the other party, has made an allegation of domestic violence against the other supported by clear evidence, for example either a police charges or an injunction being issued within the last 12 months.

  • The application you want to make to the court relates to other family law matters which you are currently involved in.

  • An application to the court needs to be made urgently because there is a risk to the life or safety of the person who is making the application (the applicant) or his or her family (for example, their children) or his or her home.

  • The dispute is about money and you or your husband, wife or civil partner (the respondent) is bankrupt.

  • You and your husband, wife or civil partner agree and there is no dispute.

  • You do not know where your husband, wife or civil partner is.

  • You wish to make an application to the court but for certain reasons you don't want to tell your husband, wife or civil partner in advance.

  • You are currently involved with social services because there are concerns about the safety and wellbeing of your child or children.

  • You can't find a mediator within 15 miles of where you live, or you have contacted three mediators based within 15 miles of where you live and you are unable to get an appointment with any of them within 15 working days.

  • You or your partner cannot access a mediator's office because one of you has a disability. However, if the authorised mediator can provide the appropriate facilities then you will both still be required to attend the meeting.

  • A mediator shows on the court form that mediation isn't suitable, for example the other person isn't willing to attend a MIAM.

  • In the past four months you've tried mediation but it hasn't been successful. A mediator has to confirm this and state that mediation is not the best way for you to resolve your dispute.

  • You or your partner do not normally live in either England or Wales and therefore cannot be considered as habitually resident.

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Process - Where to begin?

Our process is not only cost effective but incredibly straight forward.

Simply call to us for a free & informal chat (01227 634989). This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and for us to assess if you are eligible for mediation.
(Including eligibility for Legal Aid).

If you are happy with the information we provide and you are eligible for mediation, we will invite you to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). You can attend this meeting alone or with the other party involved (Courts will expect the other party to attend a meeting if asked to do so. If necessary, we will write a letter, free of charge, explaining about mediation to the other party for you). The MIAM is an opportunity to find out more about what mediation is, how it works and the options available to deal with your dispute.

WE CAN HELP YOU FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID

NOBODY WILL BE BLAMED OR JUDGED

NEITHER PARTY WILL BE ALLOWED TO DOMINATE PROCEEDINGS.
OUR MEDIATORS WILL REMAIN NEUTRAL AND ENSURE FAIRNESS FOR
BOTH PARTIES AT ALL TIMES

 

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Process - How mediation works

Once both parties agree to mediate we estimate, bearing in mind each case is different, no more than 5 further meetings (often less), lasting approximately 2 hours each, would be required to reach a stage where your Ageement could be formalised.

Below is a list of topics that would usually be discussed and agreed throughout the divorce mediation process (This list is not exhaustive):

  • Assets (house, car etc.)
  • Income
  • Budget
  • Employment
  • Pensions, shares, savings etc
  • Matters of agreement (Define common ground)
  • Matters of disagreement (Explore possible compromises)
  • Emotional issues
  • Goals (Think ahead. This is a golden opportunity to shape your future)
  • Parenting arrangements (if appropriate).

Child contact issues can also be dealt with as an independant subject

Note: Anybody found, during or after the mediation process, to be providing false information should be aware it is an offence to do so and as such, could face prosecution.

OUR MEDIATORS ARE SPECIALLY TRAINED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF FAMILY LAW AND ARE EXPERTS IN THE ART OF NEGOTIATION

MEDIATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND ENTERED INTO ON A VOLUNTARILY BASIS
(YOU ARE FREE TO CALL A HALT TO PROCEEDINGS AT ANY TIME)

WE ARE FLEXIBLE...WE TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH EAST TO MEET WITH OUR CLIENTS

Contact us for FREE advice

+44 (0) 1227 634 989 or info@divorcesolutions-SE.uk

 

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Costs

Initial information via telephone/e-mail
Free

 

Introduction and information letter to other party
Free

 

MIAM and mediation charges:

£85 per hour

All matters in mediation can usually be concluded/finalised for between

£700 - £1,000 per person (easy stage payments automatically offered)

 ALL COSTS ARE KNOWN IN ADVANCE

DIVORCE SOLUTIONS GUARANTEE THE TOTAL COST OF THEIR SERVICES
WILL BE DRASTICALLY LESS THAN THAT CHARGED BY SOLICITORS 

 

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We operate throughout the South East including (but not restricted to) Dartford, Gravesend, Medway, Faversham, Maidstone, Canterbury, Herne Bay and Birchington

 

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