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Family Mediation

Our family lawyers have a robust success record of resolving divorce or other family disputes in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner.

Attending court can significantly increase not only legal costs but also the stress associated with resolving matters. Therefore, if we can resolve matters through mediation, we will do so.

The lawyers at TWS Legal Consultants are registered with the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Dubai Legal Affairs Department. As members of Resolution in the UK our family lawyers are committed to embracing their Code of Ethics in family matters.  As qualified solicitors in UK they have robust knowledge of  UK/ UAE family law and its application to expatriates in Dubai.

We are a fully digital law firm and are able to arrange video conferencing if this suits your needs.

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is an alternative to court proceedings.  It is used to assist couples in resolving issues such as division of assets and/or children’s living arrangements, and frequency of contact with the non-resident parent and other family members going forward.  Other issues can include the division of holidays, decisions relating to the education, and religious upbringing of the children.

The mediation process is facilitated by an independent third party who assists with the negotiations between the couple.

What are the benefits of family mediation?

The benefits of engaging in mediation to resolve family law disputes include:

  • It is less stressful than court proceedings
  • The process tends to be less expensive and more efficient
  • The parties retain decision-making power as opposed to the courts
  • Agreements arrived via mediation can be varied if there is a change in circumstance

The benefits of having attempted mediation before beginning court proceedings are widely recognised. Indeed, in many jurisdictions, parties will be unable to make an application to the court without having attended at least one mediation session, either solely or jointly with the other party involved in the dispute.

What is the procedure for mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process – no one can force you to attend.  Indeed, if there has been a history of domestic abuse in your relationship, mediation is not recommended.

If you do want to attend mediation, the mediator will contact you and your spouse to arrange a suitable time.  Over a few  sessions, you and your spouse will discuss matters relating to separating your lives.  The mediator will be in the room with you both, having been briefed in advance of the issues to be discussed.

If an agreement is reached, the terms will be written down and signed by the mediator.

If the mediator feels an agreement cannot be reached through mediation, they may recommend that an application be made to the court to settle matters.

Our family law team has over a decade of experience advising expats on family law mediation.  To make an appointment, please contact us:

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