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The return of Family Mediation to SME


What would happen if you and your other half split up?  What would happen for the children?  What about the house? Would you want to be able to sort out as possible for yourself before involving the lawyers?  Mediation is now recognised as one of the best ways of sorting out problems and now SME Solicitors in Sansome Walk is re-introducing family mediation to its range of family law services.

Ian Stirzaker originally trained as a Family Mediator a number of years ago, but stepped down from the service when he was in the role of SME’s Managing Partner.

Now as Senior Partner, Head of Family Law and with 30 years’ experience of family law work, Ian has added further mediation qualifications to his expertise and has been authorised again by specialist family law organisation Resolution to practice as a Mediator.

Having been something of a poor relation mediation is emerging as a profession in its own right and is an impartial, confidential, voluntary process for enabling separating couples to resolve their difficulties as amicably as possible.  The mediator helps the couple to identify the issues that need to be addressed and then helps to create a positive atmosphere for discussion.  It is an approach that has the backing of the courts and is now part of the way the government wishes to tackle family breakdown.

Commenting on the benefit of mediation, Ian Stirzaker said: “Family mediation recognises that you are the experts about your own family – it supports, listens and may suggests options, but leaves the decision-making to you and your partner, rather than having the vital decisions made for you by a judge.  By choosing a Resolution mediator, individuals can be assured that they are being assisted by someone who has a wide knowledge and experience of family law, with the recognised, relevant qualifications to demonstrate this.”

SME Solicitors’ family law department offers Family Mediation as part of its wider range of family law services.  For further information please contact Ian Stirzaker by email ian.stirzaker@smesolicitors.co.uk or by telephone on 01905 723 561.   

Added: 29 Mar 2017 10:14


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