Emma Hamilton Cole, Head of Family Law at Williams Thompson Solicitors LLP, is encouraging separating couples to consider mediation to save money when resolving disputes.
Generally completed within a considerable shorter timeframe, mediation costs separating couples on average 10 times less than Court proceedings, which can potentially go on for years. Despite this, it has recently been revealed that 6 out of 10 separating couples go straight to Court and ignore alternative routes such as mediation.
Highlighting the benefits of mediation, Emma Hamilton Cole is an accredited specialist family mediator and professional practice consultant, plus the Head of Family Law at Williams Thompson Solicitors in Christchurch, Dorset. She is also a fully qualified Solicitor with over 20 years of experience in her legal specialism.
Emma Hamilton Cole said:
“The end of a relationship can be an incredibly stressful time for both individuals. A considerably shorter, and more cost-effective process, mediation provides an opportunity to discuss practical, legal and family issues in a civilised environment. It also gives couples more control over important decisions, especially those relating to children.’’
Whilst separating couples are required by law to attend an initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM), 60% still opt to settle disputes over children, finance and property in Court. An expert in her field, Emma wants more people to consider mediation as a cost-effective way to resolve disputes and spare children the trauma of stressful court battles.
“Mediation is a sensible way for both parties to achieve their desired outcomes, helping to promote an amicable co-parenting relationship post-separation. This is important for young children who can then better adjust emotionally, socially and at school, to changing circumstances at home. Whilst it may not be suitable for every family, people should be aware that it can narrow issues and improve communications even where a full resolution doesn’t happen’’
Williams Thompson is a respected and long established law firm with offices on Bridge Street in Christchurch. Combining traditional values with a friendly, modern approach and high standards of professional practice they attract clients from across the country. In particular, their reputation in family law has drawn clients from across the Bournemouth conurbation, the New Forest and London.
To find out more or to contact Williams Thompson Solicitors visit: www.williamsthompson.co.uk.