What is DivorceGuide?
Your DivorceGuide is an experienced family mediator and solicitor (non-practising) who will help you to navigate the complexities of relationship breakdown.
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- Pay for the time you need with an experienced mediator who is also a solicitor (non-practising).
- All work conducted in front of you at our consulting rooms or over Skype video.
- Minimum appointment time is 30 minutes.
- Divorce or dissolution process.
- How financial claims work.
- Parenting arrangements.
- Court forms.
- How courts, solicitors, arbitrators and mediators work.
How to get started
The end of a relationship can be as overwhelming as the death of a loved one. It is usually fraught with emotional and financial worries and worries about children. The law may also seem complicated and many do not know where to begin to find help. Research consistently shows that how you deal with your divorce has greater impact on you and your children than any other single factor.
Few want to hire lawyers for a battle, but no one wants to feel vulnerable and taken advantage of. Most people just want a fair settlement that gets them what they need>
Fortunately, there are many people in our communities who are able to help: mediators, coaches, lawyers and financial planners. There are also different ways of making the necessary decisions: DIY, online, mediation, and collaborative practice, all of which allow you full control over the eventual outcome.
But with all these options, it’s no surprise that the choices can look overwhelming. Our DivorceGuide service will help you understand the roles that the different professionals can play and how the various processes work so that you can decide which one is likely to suit you best. There may also be things that you decide to deal with yourself.
What happens at a DivorceGuide meeting?
We will meet you, and your partner if you both wish, for a meeting that lasts for as long as you need (minimum 30 minutes). If we meet with both of you together. You’ll tell us your stories and we’ll listen carefully. We’ll help you identify your goals and we will help you plan your next steps.
For reasons of confidentiality and privacy, and to keep the cost of the service down, the DivorceGuide does not make notes during the session and we will not write or send any correspondence. Instead, you may make notes should you need them to refer to later.
Also, if you choose to, you and your partner can ask us to mediate for you at a subsequent meeting.
What happens after we meet?
You start to act on the decisions you made during the meeting. If you decide that you would like a further session, we can arrange to meet you again.
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Why you need a MIAM.
If you want to make a family court application, chances are you'll need a MIAM certificate to show that you've met with a mediator. MIAM is short for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. MIAMs can only be conducted by specially accredited family mediators.
Maybe you want a MIAM but can't find a local mediator who can meet with you soon enough. Or you can't afford to take time off from work to visit a mediator. Well, you can meet with us over Skype video. All you'll need is a computer, tablet or smartphone with a webcam, a reliable Internet connection and somewhere private to take our video call.
We were the first mediators to offer an online MIAM service in 2012. It's understandable that we've gained a certain amount of expertise in understanding how to set up online consultations, as well as experience in delivering them.
How to get started
You are welcome to call us for a confidential chat. Or to speed things up, you can fill in our confidential online form (or download a form in PDF format to fill in by pen if you prefer). Your online form will provide important information about you and your problem or dispute. Once we have it, we'll get in touch with you to arrange your online appointment. We'll send you instructions explaining how to prepare.
What happens at a MIAM?
At your appointment time, you'll need to be in front of your computer or mobile device. One of our mediators (who will also be a non-practising solicitor) will video call you. We'll provide legal information and guidance about court and your other potential options. We'll help you understand how these work, how long they take and how much they cost. If you decide you don't want to mediate, we'll send you a MIAM certificate to enable you to go to court.
How much does it cost?
Each private confidential consultation costs £120. There's no VAT and no hidden extras. So it includes any initial confidential phone chat you might have with one of our accredited mediators, your online appointment with an accredited mediator and any follow up letters, emails and phone calls with you (and the other person). And of course it includes your MIAM court certificate should you want one.
What happens next?
If you decide you would like to try mediation, we'll offer to get in touch with the other person, inviting them to a similar meeting. Mediation can only start if both of you are willing to mediate. If you decide you don't want to mediate, we'll send you a MIAM certificate immediately by email to enable you to make a court application.