We know that going through a divorce will probably be the hardest thing you ever do, and this is why our team is made up of highly qualified specialists in the field – in fact, we have 2 jointly qualified Mediators/Family Lawyers and 3 specially accredited Collaborative Lawyers who will take on your case with the highest level of professionalism and care.
Family Mediation And Collaborative Law – Why Your Lawyers Need To Be Accredited
When choosing the right lawyer for you, you need to look for individuals or firms who specialise in family law. In particular, when it comes to mediation and collaborative law, fortunately, there is an easy way to check that your chosen lawyer is up to the task – just ask if they’re accredited in collaborative law and family mediation. The Family Mediation accreditation is ‘the quality mark for legal experts in mediation,’ meaning that the lawyers you hire will be trained to the highest degree in the art of mediation. If they aren’t fully trained – they can’t call themselves family mediators.
Fully qualified mediators will know exactly how to help you sort out your family law issues – and without the time, money, and stress involved in taking a case to court. Mediation can help with any family law dispute –anything from separation or divorce arrangements to issues of finance and child custody. So, if you find a lawyer with the Family Mediation accreditation mark, you’ll know that they are professional, knowledgeable and experienced in mediation.
Who Can Be Accredited For Family Mediation And Collaborative Law?
So who can get these qualifications? As well as solicitors, legal executives can also be accredited for family mediation – they are qualified lawyers who have simply followed a different route to legal qualification. Here at Bonallack and Bishop, our team includes solicitors and legal executives – what’s important to us is how good they are at their job, not the wording on the qualification.
What Is Required For Family Mediation and Collaborative Law Qualifications?
The process of qualification is quite long and strenuous, so only the best lawyers can say they are accredited. Generally, all applicants will need to demonstrate their complete awareness and knowledge of every possible issue that can come up during mediation sessions. What’s more, they need to keep up with regular education and training regarding mediation and collaborative law.
As members of the Family Mediation accreditation scheme, for example, lawyers are bound by the Family Mediation Council’s Code of Practice. This states that all mediators must successfully complete the training required, including: showing a ‘personal aptitude’ for mediation, agreeing to continue their professional and skill development through ongoing courses, being able to prove they have professional indemnity insurance to cover all possibilities, abiding by the relevant complaints and disciplinary procedures, and showing competency for all levels of mediation including those that are publicly funded.
If you want to find out more about the accreditation process and what it means to be accredited, simply ask your chosen lawyer.
How Do You Know If Your Lawyer Is Accredited?
So you know that you need to hire a lawyer who is a member of either of the two Family Mediation accreditation schemes run by the Law Society itself, or by Resolution [the national organisation of over 6,500 specialist family law practitioners], but how do you know that they’re actually accredited? Generally, you should be able to find this out from their firm’s own website – only accredited mediators can use the mediation logo.
But if you can’t find it mentioned anywhere, don’t be afraid to ask, whether via email, phone call, or during a consultation meeting.
After you can view a list of members of one of the two schemes at
- http://www.resolution.org.uk/findamember or
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