Oxford - Focus Mediation 

Why choose Focus Mediation in Oxford? 
 
If you are looking for help with separation or divorce, and you live in or around Oxford, you have come to the right place. 
 
Mediation is the new way to approach divorce and separation. Instead of fighting over your children, you can discuss how best to share your parenting so the kids don’t lose out. Instead of worrying about how you are going to manage financially, you can take a critical look at your budgets and sort out a plan that makes it possible for you both to go forward. 
 
You may need your solicitor’s advice on your proposals, and he or she will need to draft your Consent Order. But your Focus mediator will help you negotiate the settlement that best suits you both, thereby speeding up the process and dramatically cutting your costs. Focus works fast and effectively to help you sort everything out. Our mediators work full time on family mediation: they are family mediation specialists who have mediated for hundreds of couples – and it shows. 
Focus Mediators in Oxford 
Caroline Friend FMCA has mediated family breakdowns for Focus in Oxford for several years. She practiced in Oxford as a family solicitor for many years before that, so she knows what your lawyer will be looking for in any mediated agreement. She has untangled many a seemingly impossible situation with her calm, practical, non-judgemental approach. 
Caroline Friend FMCA 
She believes in the healing power of looking at the situation as a shared problem: you are both worried about what lies ahead; you both need solutions. She is also aware that children benefit enormously from a settlement which is reached amicably: she will help you achieve this. 

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Focus is unique in Oxford 
 
We always use lawyer mediators on financial cases so you can be sure your time and money is well spent. We help you avoid a contested court case and guide you towards a settlement which is highly likely to be approved by your solicitor and by the judge. 
 
We work effectively on your finances, sending you away from your initial meeting (your ‘MIAM’) with the Form E to fill in and helpful instructions on what you need to collect, so that you come to your first joint session all ready to start work. This saves you time and money. We aim to get you done in 3 or 4 sessions! 
 
We use specially trained mediators on children cases. All our mediators are experienced in family dynamics: if you need to sort out a suitable timetable for the children to share their time between your two households, we can help with this. We have seen so many cases, and have so much experience: you can draw on this and make the best possible plan for your family. 
 
We are also qualified to consult with your children if you think it would help to hear what they think. This is a specialist area, which needs both parents consent, but if you and your partner have different impressions of what the children want, it can be revealing and helpful to ask the mediator to talk to them, in confidence, and then feed back to you. 
 
We offer concessionary rates to those on a low income. Go to the section on costs to see how much you would pay for your mediation. Your costs are known from the start and you ‘pay as you go’, so it is easy to budget and there are no surprises.