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Working with you and your ex-partner to resolve ythe issues that are important to you

If you have found this site, you may just be curious, but you are probably in the process of divorcing /separating and wondering which way to turn. You may have been told you have to go to mediation before you can go to court. If there are children of the relationship you may be worried about the effect the situation is having on them. You may be terrified about how you will manage financially. You may have heard all sorts of advice and horror stories from well-meaning family and friends. The whole situation can seem bewildering and scary.
Relax! You’re in the right place. All of these concerns are perfectly normal and understandable.
I won’t give you legal advice, take sides  or tell you who is right or wrong, but by providing relevant information in a friendly manner and, by using a structured mediation process, I can help you and your ex-partner reach agreements over the issues which are important to you both.
Experience shows that agreements reached through mediation are more likely to be kept to and the conflicts and bad relationships caused by going to court can be avoided. Mediation is also more cost effective.



Due to the Covid-19 pandemic for your safety and mine I am not seeing any clients face to face and all meetings are conducted through Zoom or Skype.
In addition I am unable to accept cards, cash or cheques and all fees are payable by PayPal.
I am not currently charging the second party for their MIAM but reserve the right to reintroduce this charge in the future.



Each party is invited to an individual  Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) where I will gather some background information from you and assess whether your case is suitable for mediation. If it is then we can move on to one or more joint meetings so I can help you resolve the issues that are concerning you. if agreement is reached I can write up a "without prejudice" summary of the terms, called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and in a financial case also prepare an Open Financial Summary (OFS).
If mediation is not appropriate I will let you have my certificate to that effect so that you can, if you wish, take the matter to court.

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Professional and Caring



What I can provide

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Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)

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Mediation for Children Issues

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Financial Mediations



All issues Mediations


Sometimes children can feel as if a breakdown of a relationship is their fault. By using mediation you can reassure them that you are working together with the other parent to resolve the issues that matter to them.

For more information see

Paul Kidd

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I don't offer legal aid but my rates are affordable. For a MIAM I charge £90 plus a further £30 which is either credited to towards your first joint meeting, or, if mediation is not appropriate, it covers the cost of my certificate to that effect which you will need if you wish to go to court. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic I am currently not charging the second person for the MIAM.

Each joint meeting which normally lasts between one and a half and two hours costs £180 per person irrespective of length.

Additional fees are payable per person to cover the costs of writing up the MOU and the OFS based on my hourly rate.




I am  a Mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council

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I am a mediator member of Resolution, whose Code of Practice seeks to remove adversarial attitudes and minimise conflict in family disputes. See



Mediation is a cost-effective, structured process which has the aim of helping former spouses and partners resolve their differences with a mimnium of stress.
Please have a look at the video in the next section for more information.

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What is it?



When do you want to come?

I don't have set opening hours and can usually arrange mediation appointments to suit you.
Please note that initial appointments (MIAMs) take about 45 minutes and joint mediation sessions last between one and a half to two hours.





Accredited Family Mediator

I was a family law Solicitor for 37 years dealing with all aspects of family law. When I retired from practising law I founded Worsley Mediation to provide quality services to clients in Worsley, Rochdale and the surrounding areas with the professional yet caring attitude they deserve. Although I do not offer legal aid for mediation my private rates are affordable and you may save a lot of money on legal fees if you can get to a mediated agreement with my help. I am a Mediator with many years experience accredited by the Family Mediation Council and a member of Resolution. See below and get in touch today via the chat facility, call me on 07429 085174 or email to learn more.
Paul Kidd



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