Busy separating couples from across South Yorkshire can now access family mediation at weekends, thanks to Taylor&Emmet LLP.
The solicitors are offering Saturday morning remote mediation sessions, to help those who struggle to take time off during office hours resolve relationship disputes without court intervention.
Taylor&Emmet family law expert and qualified mediator, Dawn Lowry, who is based at the firm’s Rotherham office, is launching the service from home. She said: “I know from my own experience, it can be difficult to find time in the working day to attend to personal matters and evenings are not conducive to the highly charged, emotive discussions necessary in mediation. It has become clear there is demand for Saturday sessions and so far, they are proving very successful.”
Family law mediation is available through Taylor&Emmet for private and Legal Aid funded clients. It is not aimed at reuniting couples, but is a means of resolving financial disputes or arrangements for children, by working towards a separation agreement that suits the individuals involved and is likely to last long term.
Dawn added: “Lockdown has taught us so much about what is achievable outside the traditional office environment. Although we recognise it won’t work for everyone, being able to attend mediation from the comfort of your own home makes many parties calmer and more receptive to the ideas put forward. They are free of time constraints and although it is still upsetting to discuss the breakdown of a relationship, they are less defensive, enabling us to find solutions to difficult issues more productively.”
Taylor&Emmet’s Saturday morning remote mediation sessions are available by request and can be undertaken via Skype, Microsoft Teams or WhatsApp.