Edward Cooke Family Mediation is a dedicated family mediation service based in discreet and comfortable offices at Chilgrove, close to both Chichester, West Sussex and Petersfield, Hampshire, in the heart of the South Downs.

About Family Mediation

When a relationship breaks down, Family Mediation is an excellent way to resolve all of the issues that arise in a safe and neutral environment - and in a much more cost-effective way than an adversarial court process.

This is a robust and rigorous process. Where financial issues are discussed, in most cases the same financial information (“financial disclosure”) will be provided as in any other process, including the court process.

Very often, mediation will take place without lawyers needing to attend meetings with their clients (lawyers in these circumstances advise between sessions), however in more complex cases (or in situations of higher conflict), we offer "Hybrid Mediation". This process enables each person to attend the mediation sessions with their lawyers and is an excellent process for people facing more complex situations.


The mediator’s role

Each person in the mediation is advised to seek independent legal advice as the mediator is impartial and cannot give legal advice. He or she can assist in a number of ways, however, including the provision of legal information, and by managing the process of financial disclosure, exploring options for settlement, reality testing these options and providing final documentation upon which an agreement can be drawn up.

Mediation FAQs

Mediation enables a couple to reach their own solutions in the event of relationship breakdown.

MIAMs

Edward Cooke Family Mediation offers Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in its offices close to Chichester, West Sussex and Petersfield, Hampshire.

Child Inclusive Mediation

Edward Cooke is qualified to meet with children in the mediation process.

Make an Appointment

Save where it is necessary for you to visit us in person, we conduct all appointments by video conferencing including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and other platforms. We have been undertaking online client appointments, remote court hearings, online mediation, conferences and settlement meetings throughout the pandemic and are very familiar with using a wide range of online platforms.

You can make an online appointment by completing the online submission form in the box below, or if you would rather speak to a member of
our team please call 01243 769001.