Family Mediation Jersey

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What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation Service is a family resolution service that tries to help separating couples and other family members to resolve their differences and to prevent further disputes.

Who is this service available to?

  • Couples, with or without children
  • Married couples
  • Unmarried couples
  • Same-sex couples, whether they are in a civil partnership, married or unmarried
  • Members of the extended family, e.g. grandparents who may be finding it difficult to see their grandchildren

How can I arrange for mediation?

To arrange mediation, you can call or e-mail Family Mediation Jersey. You can arrange for an appointment or simply ask any questions you may have. Clients can self-refer or be referred by lawyers or other agencies.

The first appointment with a mediator will last 45-60 minutes to discuss the process and assess suitability. If mediation is deemed to be suitable then further sessions last up to an hour and a half each. It is estimated that the process should take between eight and twelve hours in total.

Family Mediation Contact Details

Family Mediation Jersey
Suite 7, Bourne House
Francis Street
St Helier

Tel: +441534 638898 (24 hours answerphone)

The office is manned from Wednesday to Friday 10.00 to 17.00. Staff are available during opening hours to arrange appointments.

Mediation appointments can be arranged to match your requirements as far as possible and they can offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

What does the service offer?

Family Mediation Jersey offers a neutral place where both parents can meet impartial mediators who will help clients negotiate issues relating to their separation including childcare and finances. Mediators will not give legal advice and clients are recommended to do this independently. The process is without prejudice and voluntary. Either party can end mediation at any time, or the mediator may also decide to end mediation at their discretion.

Who are the mediators?

Mediators, trained to UK National Family Mediation (NFM) standards, will neither take sides nor tell clients what to do. They will help parents and/or carers to make decisions about their children that are in the child’s best interests. They will not discuss matters with the legal advisers.

When should people go to mediation?

Mediation can take place at any stage in the process of separation or divorce or after the separation or divorce has taken place, if arrangements have broken down or need to be negotiated again.

Is mediation confidential?

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process. The only time or circumstance in which information would be passed on, with the client’s knowledge, is if a child or adult is at serious risk of harm.

How much does mediation cost?

All initial intake sessions are free of charge.

All clients will be means-tested for mediation sessions and charged individually according to the income bands below, unless:

  • a client receives Legal Aid,
  • a client receives income support, or
  • one party is willing to pay the full amount for both parties.

Clients will be assessed on their net income from all sources, less income tax and social security deductions only.

Net income

(after statutory deductions) % payable  £ payable
Under £15,000 per annum No charge  £0.00
£15,001 to £20,000 25%  £43.75
£20,001 to £30,000 50%  £87.50
£30,001 to £40,000 75%  £131.25
Over £40,000 100%  £175.00

What happens at the final stage of Family Mediation?

The final stage of mediation is to draw up a written agreement (e.g. Memorandum of Understanding). This may be referred to the parties’ lawyers to be added to any Court Orders or Separation Agreements.