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Family Mediation at SME

Family Mediation at 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 has re-introduced family mediation to its range of family law services.

Ian Stirzaker - Senior Partner, Head of Family Law and with 30 years’ experience of family law work, has been authorised again by specialist family law organisation Resolution to practice as a Mediator.

With major government and judicial support family 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, facilitates and may suggest 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 see or call 01905 723561. 

Ian Stirzaker

Ian is the Senior Partner and Head of Family Law at SME Solicitors. Please contact him or Joanna Gardner for specialist help and advice in all aspects of family law at or

Added: 13 Dec 2018 14:42

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