Splitting up with your ex-partner can be extremely difficult and testing.
You may be at logger heads with your ex-partner trying to make arrangements in the best interests for your children or trying to separate your finances and assets, so both you and your ex-partner can move on with your lives.
We can provide you and your ex-partner with a safe neutral environment. Our mediators can help you to figure out what happens after separation or divorce and will explore solutions that feel fair to you both. Our Gloucester family mediators will support you during this difficult time, they are highly experienced, very caring and practical ensuring that the outcomes are realistic.
Above all else, although you and your ex-partner are no longer together, you are still and always will be parents. We believe you are the best people to decide what is right for your children’s future.
This process is suitable for unmarried or married couples, already separated or divorced couples, or you may have never been in a relationship, couples without children, stepfamilies, grandparents and teenagers.
Our family mediation service in Gloucester has many benefits when supporting ex-partners.
Communication between you and your ex-partner
Our mediation service will support you and your ex-partner to have civil productive conversations.
Agreements that you both agree to and understand
We provide you with an agreement that will de-escalate any future conflict with your ex-partner around child arrangements and/or finances & assets.
Fast Response & Resolution
Our mediation service is able to provide a fast turnaround on your case, so that you can start and finish in a quarter of the time of other resolution methods.
Alongside the service that you receive, we will also provide free of charge:
- A mediation preparation guide that includes handy tips to prepare you for your first mediation session
- Summary of discussion points between each mediation session
- Guidance and support throughout the whole process
- Contactable team who are on hand to answer any of your questions.
Our process is really easy to follow.
Book in for a free consultation with a mediator
We will discuss your situation and options available
You will then book in your MIAM to start the process
Very efficient. Thank you very much for dealing with matters. Very much appreciated.
– Martin A.
I would highly recommend Access Mediation Services… myself and my ex-partner now have a suitable arrangement in place for my daughter thanks to mediation with Ryan!! Couldn’t be happier!
– Zena R.
We had Ryan as a mediator, he was understanding patient, professional and very easy to talk to. If you are thinking about it don’t hesitate. Couldn’t recommend enough.
– Debbie B.
We do also provide same day MIAM appointments.
They may be beneficial for you if you have a busy work schedule, you have an urgent issue for example you are not currently seeing your children, or just for pure convenience.
We only have a small amount of same day appointments available. If you wish to start making changes in your life book your MIAM now by calling us on 01452 933 595!
It is likely that you will have lots of questions for your mediator. To get you started here are some of the most frequent questions our mediators get asked.
‘‘What happens if my ex–partner breaks the agreement we made in mediation?’’
There are two options if this was to happen. One you can revisit mediation to re-negotiate the agreement. It may be that circumstances have changed and this needs to be reflected in the agreement. The second thing you can do is you can make an application to the court.
As family mediators we are huge advocates of the benefits of family mediation and this would be the quickest and cheapest way of revisiting the agreement.
Keynote – There is no way you can force your ex-partner to see your children. As much as this will be upsetting for you and the children it is not illegal and therefore there are limits as to what mediation and the courts can and can’t enforce.
‘‘Am I entitled to legal aid as I only work a very small amount of hours’’
There is a possibility that you may be eligible, however the legal aid limits are very strict. Other things are taken into account when a legal aid assessment is completed.
- Any money that is incoming with the exception of DLA/PIP.
In order for the mediator to be fully accurate about your legal aid entitlement you need to be full and frank about the money you have incoming and outgoing.
‘‘How does mediation work in terms of the court process?’’
If making your agreement legally binding is an option you are considering, you can discuss this with your mediator. Some ex partners do decide that they want to make an application to the court after mediation. In our experience in most family mediation cases ex-partners come to agreements without the need for court.
If you do decide that you want to make an application the court can refuse it if family mediation hasn’t been considered.
If you and your ex-partner want a divorce, you will need to petition for a divorce. Family mediation does not have the authority to grant a divorce. Family mediation, however can be used no matter what stage you are at in legal proceedings.
If you feel mediation may be the process for you or you would like to find out more information, phone us on 01452 933 595.
All of our family mediators are registered with the Family Mediation Council and the College of Mediators.
Please note you will not be able to enter the office unless you have an appointment.
By bus or train: We are only a 15 minute walk from both the train and bus stations.
On foot: Access Mediation Services is approximately 1.2 miles from Gloucester High Street. To walk from the High Street, turn left onto Ryecroft Street, then turn right onto Hopewell Street. In 250 yards turn left onto Barton Street and continue onto Eastgate Street for 0.5 miles. Turn right onto College Street and walk for 60 yards. You should be at the front of the cathedral, if you head down the left side you should locate a blue door. We share this building with Gloucestershire Rural Community Council so keep an eye out for their signs.
By Car: To drive to our Gloucester family mediation centre using SAT NAV, please use the address 15 College Green, GL1 2LZ.
Parking: There isn’t parking on site. Please use Westgate Street Carpark which is located 4 minutes (300 yards) from the centre. Please note it is a pay and display carpark, free for blue badge holders, 4 accessible spaces.
Mediation can help you and your ex-partner to discuss many issues.
They might include:
In regard to children:
- Who the children live with
- Who has them over the school holidays
- Child maintenance
- Communication between parents.
In regard to finances:
- The division of assets
- Property and pensions
- Spousal Maintenance
- Savings & Debt.