Welcome to GWBHarthills Mediation, family mediation solicitors based in Rotherham and covering Sheffield and Doncaster and the whole of South Yorkshire.
At GWBHarthills Mediation we recognise that not everyone wants to instruct solicitors to lead open ended, costly, negotiations. We understand that there are couples/families who want to find their own solutions. That’s why we offer a cost effective mediation service to separating or separated couples and families.
Who we are:
GWBHarthills Mediation is part of GWBHarthills LLP, a solicitors practice with offices in Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield.
Our mediator is Dawn Lowry who is Resolution trained and Law Society Accredited. With more than 15 years’ legal experience, as a Chartered Legal Executive in Rotherham, Dawn is able to use her knowledge to offer solutions and ideas to those who wish to try mediation.
Dawn’s success as a mediator is due to her sensitivity and empathy in engaging with clients and her skilful management of conflict.
What is Family Mediation?
Family Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process, which helps joint decision making, minimising the use of Courts.
Legal Aid is still available to cover the costs of family mediation so for many people, family mediation is free.
Family mediation is fast becoming the preferred method to resolve and prevent disputes. Where children are involved we believe you are the best people to decide your children’s future.
Family mediation can be quicker, cheaper and provide better outcomes, especially if compared to drawn-out Court hearings. Early family mediation has the benefit of shaping a resolution to a conflict which can be tailored to the needs of both sides.
We can help you with:
– Contact or living arrangements for children
– Parenting and parental responsibility
– How to communicate
– Child Support
– Financial/money matters
– Holiday arrangements
– Property and pensions
– Sharing possessions
– Settling of debts
Who we help:
We support families from South Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Our specialist service is here to help separating couples, with or without children, married or unmarried couples, same-sex couples, whether or not in a civil partnership and members of the extended family, eg grandparents who may be finding it difficult to see their grandchildren.
Our fees for mediation for those who do not qualify for legal aid:
Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM) including court form – £90.00 inc VAT;
Mediation meetings – £108.00 inc VAT per hour per person;
Preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding/Open Financial Statement £90.00 inc VAT per person.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do we need to have solicitors?
Not if you do not wish to, however we will always recommend that you do get some legal advice.
Can anybody else attend?
Yes but only if you both agree.
What is a MIAM?
A Mediation Information Assessment Meeting is a meeting with a specially qualified family mediator, who will explain to you the alternatives to the Court process. Most divorcing/separating couples who want to use the Court process regarding children or property/money issues have to show that they have attended a MIAM before they can apply for a Court Order. The purpose of the meeting is to give you an opportunity to find out whether going to Court would be the best way of resolving the issues, and in particular whether mediation could be an effective alternative.
Are decisions made in mediation legally binding?
No – they do not constitute anything that is legally binding. However, if you both desire the decisions to be made legally binding then you can apply to the Court for a Consent Order in certain circumstances.
How can I be sure family mediation will be fair?
Firstly, the mediator is impartial and there for both of you. Secondly, the mediator does not make the decisions for you as you work out the proposals which you would like to make or take to your solicitors to receive advice on. Thirdly, the mediation can be stopped at any time.
Please contact us if there is anything else you would like to know.
To download our family mediation referral form please click here.