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Divorce Mediation Solicitors

“They are extremely good, incredibly efficient, thorough and very professional.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“They are extremely good, incredibly efficient, thorough and very professional.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

If you and your ex-partner choose to divorce, it can be difficult to agree about your finances or arrangements for your children. Divorce mediation is a way of negotiating an amicable agreement, while keeping your case out of court.

There are several different types of mediation, but all involve using an impartial specialist (a mediator) to help you to agree a settlement. It is possible to go through mediation without seeing or speaking to your ex-partner at all.

Divorce mediation has many benefits when compared to the court process:

  • It's typically much quicker - mediation can usually reach a resolution in six months, divorce through a court can take up to two years
  • It is often cheaper
  • It can be less stressful
  • It can be beneficial if there are children involved

Mediation may be suitable for you if you want to reach an agreement with your ex-partner, but are struggling to agree things between yourselves. In particular, it can be a good choice for families with children, as mediation can help maintain a good working relationship between you and your ex-partner for the future.

We have a large, nationwide team of divorce lawyers – including specially trained mediators. Divorces are difficult, but our divorce mediation solicitors have worked with a large number of families, helping them to find a fair solution that both parties are satisfied with. Our experts are highly ranked in the leading independent guides to the legal profession – we’re known for being caring and compassionate, but also for our no-nonsense and firm approach to negotiation.

Our specialist team can advise you on your options, please call us on 0345 604 4911, or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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  • Ros Bever
  • National Head of Family Law
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Martin Loxley
Martin Loxley Sheffield

"Absolutely fantastic", "nationally known, pragmatic, and a hard negotiator."

Legal 500, 2016
Mediation - More Information
    • Do I Have To Speak To My Ex-Partner?
    • When a relationship breaks down, it can be difficult to speak to your former partner. You may not want to speak to them at all, or even to sit in the same room. However, if this is the case it is still possible to settle your divorce out of court.

      Processes such as mediation and arbitration can be completed without you seeing or speaking to your former partner at all (shuttle mediation for instance works by an impartial mediator speaking to you both in turn, while you are both sat in separate rooms).

      However, where children are involved it can often be beneficial to be able to agree your divorce settlement face to face. Where couples are able to do this, it can help build the foundation for a good working relationship in the future.

      If you’re worried about speaking to or seeing your former partner during the divorce process, please speak to our experienced team for advice on your options. Call us on 0345 604 4911, or get in touch online and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.


    • Why Should I Choose Irwin Mitchell?
    • We are recognised by independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 as one of the UK's leading family law teams. Our reputation has been built up over decades of dealing with divorce cases of all kinds, including complex international cases and divorces involving high net worth individuals.

      With family law experts based in major cities across England, our team includes specialist mediators, collaborative divorce solicitors, and one of the first trained arbitration lawyers in the UK. We can help you decide which option is best for you, support you through the process and ensure that your best interests are protected.

      We pride ourselves on our sensitive but no nonsense approach to divorce cases. We’ll be honest with you about what is likely to happen, and will fight hard to get you a divorce settlement that’s fair.

      To find out more about how we can help you, call us on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation involves using an impartial third party (a mediator) to help you and your ex-partner to negotiate a divorce settlement out of court. The process can take place face-to-face, but equally can also be arranged so that you don’t see or speak to your ex-partner at all.

Advantages of using mediation include:

  • It's typically much quicker
  • It is often cheaper
  • It can be less stressful
  • It can be beneficial if there are children involved
  • It can help create a good working relationship between you and your ex-partner
  • Specially trained mediators can also talk to your children to ensure their wishes and feelings are taken into account during the process

Our divorce mediation solicitors are expert negotiators, and have lots of experience in achieving positive outcomes for our clients through mediation. If you want to find out more about our mediation service, or any of the other out-of-court divorce options, call 0345 604 4911, or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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What Types Of Mediation Are There?

There are three different types of divorce mediation – you can still use mediation even if you do not wish to speak to or see your ex-partner:

  1. Face to face mediation
    You, your ex-partner, your lawyers and the mediator will discuss the issues between you face to face, to try and reach an agreement that’s fair for both of you.
  2. Shuttle mediation
    You and your ex-partner sit in different rooms, and the mediator will move between the different rooms to speak to you individually. This method avoids the need to see or speak to your ex-partner, and is often used in cases where there has previously been domestic violence.
  3. Tandem mediation
    There will be two mediators from different specialisms – for example often a mediator who is legally qualified and one with a therapeutic background - to provide a broader perspective.

Our specialist lawyers can help you decide which mediation option is best for you. Call 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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How Long Does Divorce Mediation Take – Is It Longer Than Going To Court?

Divorce mediation can be quicker than going through the courts, not to mention cheaper. Mediated divorces are often resolved inside six months, but divorce through the courts can take anything up to two years.

A lot of couples find it difficult to communicate following the breakdown of a relationship. Trying to reach an agreement over finances or children can become a lengthy process.

Mediation can be quicker than trying to negotiate an agreement between yourselves because the mediator will provide a structure to the negotiations and they will also make sure you have covered all of the elements you need to.

However, if you use mediation to try and agree a financial settlement, it’s important that you and your ex-partner are completely honest about your circumstances. If mediation breaks down, then you may be left with no better option than going through the court process anyway. It’s critical to seek legal advice on your options at the start of your divorce, to see which option is best for you.

If you'd like to find out more about whether divorce mediation is right for you, please call us on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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I live in Scotland, can Irwin Mitchell help me?

Our expert family law team works with a number of trusted partners to help our clients with family law issues in Scotland.

We’ll be your point of contact and manage the entire process for you throughout. You’ll get frequent progress updates and we’ll break down any legal jargon into plain English so you’re always in the loop.

To find out more about how we can help, give us a call on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online.

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