Family Lawyers & Mediators in Brighton
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Family Lawyers & Mediators – Children & Social Services

Issues relating to children are decided under the Children Act 1989. This Act covers both the private (actions between parents) and public law (actions bought by the Local Authority) relating to the care and upbringing of children and the provision of services to them and their families. Harney & Wells have much experience in working on cases involving children and all four of our partners have been accredited members of the Law Society's Children Panel for over 15 years. We are able to deal with residence and contact issues, maintenance issues and social services issues. Continue reading

Family Lawyers & Mediators – Representation in Court

In complex cases, or where mediation/collaborative law fails (or cannot be agreed as a process between parties), it will be necessary to go to court to resolve the dispute. Harney & Wells has much experience in successfully representing their clients in court cases related to: Divorce, Separation & Civil Partnership Dissolution; Children & Social Services; Injunctions and Financial orders. Continue reading

Family Lawyers & Mediators – Collaborative Law

In collaborative law, each party has a legal advisor who also works with the other legal advisor to reach an agreement. The process is collaborative rather than adversarial with honest and open information sharing between the parties. It is more cost effective and less stressful than court processes. The separating parties and their legal advisors have a series of 4 way meetings to reach an agreement. However, if an agreement is not reached through the collaborative process then the solicitors cannot act for the parties any longer and they must seek new legal advisors. Continue reading

Family Lawyers & Mediators – Mediation

Family Mediation is a process by which separating parties seek to reach an agreement about their children, finances and property. The parties discuss these issues in the presence of a trained independent third party - the Mediator. Mediators do not make decisions. Their role is impartial and they seek to help (all) parties co-operate, resolve conflict and reach joint decisions. Continue reading
Legal Aid for Mediation
From 3rd November 2014 legal aid is available to fund both the MIAM and the first session of mediation where one of the people involved qualifies for legal aid.


For further information see Legal Aid Changes for Mediation , Family Mediation in Brighton and About Family Mediation.
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