Divorce Mediation Surrey 

Family mediation with Barclay DeVere Mediators

No family is immune to disputes or troubles, and when this happens, just like for a divorce, there are some arrangements that have to be sorted. Most of the time, people take the matter to court in an attempt to settle things. However, this is not the most appropriate course of action, especially when members of the same family are concerned. The English Legal System comprises of a mechanism created for relatives to avoid the hassle of having to go court. This process is called mediation and is often overlooked or unknown to people.

Overview of Barclay DeVere family mediation service

Family mediation is a process by which a mediator helps a family to settle their disputes without having to resort to a court. The mediator in question is not just a random person. He is a fully trained professional and, most importantly, he is independent. He, therefore, seeks to strike an agreement in a way that will satisfy all the parties without any form of bias whatsoever.

Advantages of mediation vs court- The process is confidential

Mediation has many advantages over legal actions, which is why more and more people are slowly but surely choosing this path. First of all, the whole process is confidential. It does not take place in a court and, thus, there are no employees or other persons present during the procedure. Instead, it takes place in the mediator’s office, where only the parties concerned as well as the mediator are involved. This is a very important aspect as people generally like their private lives to remain private and mediators do not fail to keep it as such.

– There is less stress

The next benefit of choosing mediation instead of a court is the fact that it is way less stressful. Going to court is not as easy as one may think, and this can result in exponentially increased levels of stress. This is because people involved in a court case constantly have to answer all sorts of questions from judges and lawyers. Furthermore, they have to keep injecting huge amounts of money in the process while not knowing for sure what the outcome will be. All this pressure and uncertainty contributes to making people more stressed. Things are different with a mediator, as all of the aforementioned inconveniences are very limited when they are not present at all.

– Parties have more influence on the outcome

When opting for mediation, the parties have more influence on the outcome. This is so because in court, the judge has the final word and everybody has to abide by the latter’s decision. In the mediator’s office, the mediator is here to help the parties reach an agreement that will suit every single one of them. In fact, each party comes up with propositions about the arrangements to be made, and all of these are taken into consideration in addition to the mediator’s ideas. Thus, the outcome is based on all the propositions, unlike in court where the judge chooses between one of the two parties.

– It is less costly

Going to court can be very expensive. Despite costing some money, mediation is a lot cheaper. Furthermore, it can even be free in some cases, given that certain conditions are met. This will be discussed in the next section.

Why mediation cheaper than court and solicitors

Sorting arrangements out in court can be quite costly, especially when the case spreads over a long period. Opting for mediation is relatively cheap when compared to court fees, and this is due to many reasons. Firstly, the mediator does not have any court costs. Therefore, those are not included in his fee. Also, the mediation process does not take as long as court cases. Another reason is that court cases require barristers whereas, in family mediation, the parties usually speak for themselves. Last but not least, Legal Aid may also apply for this course of action, but for that, the parties have to be eligible – it depends mainly on the nature of the case. This means that the process can potentially be free.

Mediation is perfect for sorting out financial and child matters
Children are often involved in family disputes. For such matters, it is better to choose a mediator over a court. The main reason is that a court case can be particularly stressful, especially for children as they have to be involved in all the hassle. With the family mediation Surrey locals can opt for, they do not have to appear in court in front of judges and lawyers, among others, as the only person they will have to face is the mediator. Also, everything is done in such a way that the child does not feel pressured.

It is also adequate for sorting out financial matters. Court cases are expensive and resorting to them only results in even more financial losses. For such matters, it is hence more appropriate to turn to a mediator.

MIAMS – why you have to mediate before going to court

MIAM stands for a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting, and it simply is the first meeting that the parties will have with the mediator. The objective of MIAMS is to inform the involved parties about the way mediations work. After that, the mediator will tell them if it is the right course of action for them, in addition to the cost and the number of sessions that will be required. In other words, MIAMS are some preliminary hearing, where the mediator tells the parties everything they need to know before the real hearings start.

Face to face or shuttle mediation?

There are two ways in which the mediation procedures can be carried out. The first one is called face to face mediation, and this is when the hearing is done with both parties sitting in a single room. This is considered the best option, as the process is faster because the involved persons can respond instantly regarding whether or not the proposed arrangements are good for them.

The other option is called shuttle mediation. In this one, the parties are placed in separate individual rooms and the mediator goes back and forth from one room to the other. This is more appropriate in situations where it would be preferable for family members not to see each other, for example, because of violent precedents.

The benefits of choosing Barclay DeVere Mediators

Barclay DeVere is one of the best firms for mediation Surrey residents can choose. We are ready to go the extra mile to make sure that each our clients find a convenient solution to all their family problems. For example, with Barclay DeVere Mediators, the sessions can be held even if one of the parties is not in town. It is still possible even if the latter is not in the country at all. Distance is not a barrier because we offer the possibility to carry out Skype mediation.

Besides, we understand that people do not all have the same job, which means that their availability varies from one person to the other. For instance, some people might be free during the day while others are working at that time. This is why we are very flexible insofar as our opening hours are concerned. It is not uncommon for us to receive clients during the evening. This flexibility is not only limited to the time, but also the day as some people might not have any free time during weekdays at all. As a result, we have also made family mediation surrey residents have access to available during weekends.

In addition to family mediation, we provide a variety of services no matter what type of mediation Surrey residents might need. This includes workplace mediation.
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Confidential mediation in the County of Surrey



Barclay DeVere professionals offer high-quality confidential mediation services in the County of Surrey to assist you resolve family, civil, commercial or community disputes.

Our qualified mediators are trained to exceptional standards to deliver a motivated approach that offers a flexible means of settling a dispute without resorting to court action.

Mediations are normally organised at convenient venues that most suit the participants. These can be organised close to your business or home in the County of Surrey.

Although Barclay DeVere offers mediation at a local level, we also provide family, commercial, civil and community mediation throughout the UK.

In the case of family and community mediations, these can be arranged in Surrey 7-days a week at times convenient to the participants, including evenings and weekends.

Barclay DeVere mediators are trained to listen to the concerns of each party and encourage those in dispute to reach a self-resolution to their differences that is most practical and acceptable to them.

When children are involved during the family resolution process, we ensure that their views are heard within a safe forum that enables them to be openly forthcoming with their comments.

At Barclay DeVere we are sensitive to the needs of all participants. It is not our place to take sides or to cast judgements over the rights and wrongs of a dispute. Nevertheless, the mediator will ensure that the process is conducted sympathetically and with complete impartiality. Our aim is to help the participants to reach the most practicable solution to their dispute efficiently, effectively and with the minimum of stress.

Barclay DeVere’s mediation services are available throughout the County of Surrey to provide an informal approach to dispute resolutions. The process is usually successful resulting  in an acceptable agreement being reached between the parties involved without the need for costly litigation. The Court process should only be used as a final solution when all other routes to resolve a dispute have failed.

Mediation encourages those involved in family, commercial, civil or community disputes to discuss their concerns openly in an informal environment. Although lawyers can be present to provide advice; their attendance during the mediation process is not mandatory and is a matter of personal choice. The mediation process is proving to be a popular and extremely beneficial way for parties to communicate in a controlled environment with the aim of resolving their differences.

How Barclay DeVere can assist you to:

  • Effectively deal with family, commercial, civil and community disputes without the need to go to court
  • No need for legal representation
  • Resolve family disputes involving arrangements for children following a marriage or partnership breakdown
  • Reach an agreement to resolve difficult situations without the need for court orders
  • Solve differences that are the cause of disputes between family members, business partners, employers, neighbours, communities etc.
  • Reach a positive conclusion to disagreements in any kind of family, commercial, civil or community dispute without the involvement of the courts


Call Barclay DeVere  for all MEDIATION Surrey – Call us on 0203 519 1213 or 03300 100 082





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