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Facilitation Packages

What is a Facilitation Package?

Available where one party has ties to England & Wales – the Facilitation Package is different from family mediation, but the process is similar. It is suitable for couples who have an agreement in principal that they want to have sense-checked by a neutral third party – without having to instruct separate solicitors.

It is a popular method used to get a clean break consent order or a separation agreement. But it also allows you both to deal with just one independent expert, rather than having to approach separate solicitors. We also help with costs by setting a fixed fee for all the work in advance and we always ensure your consent order is drafted and managed by an experienced solicitor.

Facilitation does not replace the legal requirements of a MIAM and you may feel it helpful to have legal advice prior to the meeting. Facilitation is not regulated like family mediation but once you have an agreement a fully SRA regulated and experienced family lawyer takes on the drafting of your legal document and deals with the court for you. It can help to streamline cases where you are at or close to an agreement on the financial or parenting issues. You can get your full settlement finalised in just 90-minutes. And your solicitor drafted consent order in a couple of weeks.

Highlights

  • Clean Break Consent Order or Separation Agreement
  • Just deal with one person to sense check your agreement
  • Experienced Solicitor to draft your legal paperwork and communicate with court
  • Set Fee – Helping you to budget in advance
  • Amicable – Less friction, less cost, less time

When Should I Consider Facilitation?

Can you answer Yes to most of the following questions? Then the facilitation package may be right for you:

  • We have an agreement in principal that we are both happy with
  • We want an independent expert to sense check and finalise our agreement
  • We want to check we have covered everything the court will want us to have considered
  • We want to show the court we have used an independent expert to process our order, so it is more likely to be accepted
  • We want our agreement drafted into a working document and financial statement for court
  • We want a family law solicitor to draft our agreement into a legally binding one
  • We want a solicitor to deal with the court on our behalf
  • We don’t want a solicitor to undo our agreement or cause extra expense or friction
  • We want a solicitor to deal with all communication with the court for us
  • We want a fixed fee cost so we know the full costs upfront.

How does Facilitation work?

If both of you are happy to proceed with the facilitation package, we book you in for a 90-minute meeting with one of our divorce experts. Prior to the meeting we ask you to complete your financial disclosure and a client information form, detailing your details, your financial agreement and any parenting arrangements you may have.

Your facilitator will prepare a plan for the meeting and go through your disclosure, the division of assets, any ongoing payments between you, who will divorce and your parenting arrangements if necessary.

At the end of 90-minutes you will have your divorce or separation fully agreed and we will then draft a memorandum of understanding and a financial statement. We can also draft a parenting plan where required. Once you are happy we instruct one solicitor to process the divorce, consent order or separation agreement for you both. For divorce packages, you will have a separate solicitors each to manage the divorce to final divorce order, as we find this the best way to progress you divorce quickly.

Mediation or Facilitation?

If you still have financial or parenting issues to be resolved then family mediation is probably the best route for you.  Facilitation streamlines the process, ensures the agreement you have reached is viable, would be acceptable to the courts and we check you have considered everything the court will want you to have considered. Of course, if you have a dispute over one or two minor issues we can use our expertise to help you finalise your agreement.

If the process does break down – you would still have to attend a MIAM in order to go to court and we can arrange this for you. However, 98% of clients who take out a facilitation package continue with the process and finalise their agreements through us.

Facilitated Consent Order – Explainer Video

Next Steps

For most divorce expert cases we would speak to you prior to booking your appointment in order to ensure it is the right service for you. The best way to do this is to book a free 15-minute consultation, which you can do here

Facilitation Packages

Expert Package
Expert Package +
Consent Package
Separation Package
Child Arrangements Package
Finances Finance & Parenting Finances Finances Parenting
Cost per Person £1,198 £1,248 £649 £649 £649
Full financial disclosure
Initial 90 minute Meeting
Deal With Same Expert to Reach Agreement
Memorandum of Understanding
Parenting Plan
Open Financial Statement
Solicitor Managed Divorce – Petitioner
Solicitor Managed Divorce – Respondent
Solicitor drafted Consent Order
Consent order Submitted to court
Solicitor Manages All Correspondence With Court
Attendance At Court Required x
HMCTS Court Fees Child Arrangements – £116pp x
HMCTS Court Fees Divorce – £296pp x x
HMTCTS Court Fees Consent order – £26.50pp x x x
Total Per Person inc Court Fees £1,520.50 £1,570.50 £675.50 £649 £765

Your Facilitators

Amanda Wood

Amanda is a family law solicitor and family mediator. Based in Cardiff, she can cover clients anywhere in the world online or face to face in South Wales. Amanda has a clear understanding on matters of law that can help direct clients and check their agreement is in line with what the court consider fair.

Amanda is a member of The College of Mediators and is a keen advocate of amicable divorces and separations.

Emma Ingham

Emma was a family law solicitor in her native Cardiff for 10 years, before she moved to Berkshire to start a family. Emma is also a family mediator for Mediate UK and her calm and professional manner is perfect for helping clients through facilitation.

Emma’s family law background and experience of helping clients going through a divorce is perfect for clients wishing to finalise their financial or parenting consent order.

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