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Have you recently separated and need to resolve financial issues?

Do you need our help resolving future arrangements for your children

Mediation offers a place for you to talk calmly and confidentially about the issues, helping you work together to achieve practical solutions for you and your family.

We are an award winning team who specialise in helping couples and families in dispute

At Family Mediation and Mentoring LLP our focus is to facilitate the resolution of any issue involving family breakdown, separation, divorce and its financial consequences, arrangements for children and any other kind of family dispute using the mediation process. There are many different types of mediation and we will help you decide which one is right for you.

We care about you and your family. Going through separation and the transition that this requires can be very emotional and challenging. Family breakdown and family disputes are statistically one of the most stressful things a person can face in life. People are often worrying about the future, their children, how they are going to pay for everything and even where they are going to live.

Family Mediation and Mentoring LLP was established by Claire Colbert and Rachael Oakes to resolve family conflict using their skills as accredited mediators and drawing on all of the knowledge and experience they have each built up over the last 20 years as specialist family lawyers.

Before mediation meetings can start each person must have their own private and confidential online meeting, called a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting). The MIAM will need to be with the same mediator you choose to work with moving forward. After those meetings, if everyone wants to proceed, the first joint meeting can be booked.

If you do not think mediation is appropriate and that a court application is necessary, in most circumstances, you will still need to have a MIAM before the court application can be filed because the application must be accompanied by a MIAM certificate which we can provide. A MIAM can be booked here.

Most of our meetings are done using Zoom or Teams but face to face meetings can be arranged where appropriate.

We also support family lawyers through coaching and mentoring. Our bespoke training programmes are aimed at supporting professionals working in the field of family law.

If you have any questions book a free call here.

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How much does it cost to go to mediation?

What does it cost to attend mediation?

How will mediation help you sort out your divorce and arrangements for your children?

Many couples now use mediation to help them sort out their divorce and parenting plan.

How can family mediation support people who are neurodivergent through their divorce?

Neurodiversity is a popular term that’s used to describe differences in the way people’s brains work, there being no “correct” way for the brain to work. Instead, there is a wide range of ways that people perceive and respond to the world.


Clients praise Claire Colbert for "The empathy, compassion and understanding she shows, coupled with her ability to make the complex simple."

Another source adds: "She has dealt with all matters in a calm, tactful and sensitive way while making sure that my interests were best represented and served."

Chambers & Partners

"Rachael is a class act; she is absolutely brilliant with clients and has a pleasant approach."

Chambers & Partners

"Claire’s personable style backed with expertise is a mix that has impressed me and reassured me throughout the legal process."

"Rachael, Thank you so much for being my ‘wing man’ and the calm voice of reason throughout this mad and crazy process! You have definitely helped to keep me sane."

Claire: "Outstanding in every respect, showing consistent dedication and commitment that is both impressive and reassuring."

The Legal 500

"Claire could suggest solutions and alternatives that we would not have been familiar with or would not have considered. She ensured that we understood what was being discussed and made a difficult situation much easier by fostering an environment that was as relaxed as possible."

Chambers & Partners

Rachael: "Hugely impressive, formidable, very good with clients and well respected by the judiciary."

The Legal 500

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