Family Law Mediation Ireland

Blanchardstown, Castleknock, 27 Upper Mount Street, Dublin City Centre

Mediation

If you decided to separate or divorce, a mediator can help you to negotiate your own terms of agreement in a process known as mediation.

What is family law mediation?

Mediation is a service that allows a couple to make their own decisions which aims to ensure that everyone’s needs and interests are met. 

Mediation is not marriage counselling or a legal advice service.

Who is the Mediator?

A mediator is an impartial, independent person whose role it is to facilitate discussions between two people whose relationship has ended. The mediator is neutral, does not take sides, and works to ensure that the views of both parents are heard and that solutions are reached.

Why go for family law mediation?

Relationship breakdowns are traumatic for everyone affected by it.  Mediation has lots of advantages, it can help couples decide how to move forward separately in a way that works for them, and for their children.  Doing this directly, gives parties the opportunity to voice concerns that the legal process does not allow for, finding your own resolution can foster goodwill for the future, rather than conflict based approaches which can permanently destroy already strained relations.

As mediation is a voluntary process, it can mean that decisions made have more “stickability” because the parties involved have reached the decision together and are more likely to  have volunteered commitment to the agreement reached. This is especially so in issues concerning the living arrangements for children.

Terms of the Separation Agreement or a Parenting Plan can be reached through mediation. The mediator is a facilitator to reaching the settlement, rather than an advisor or a therapist.

Mediation can assist resolve differences such as access and custody issues, disagreements over the division of assets, maintenance, and all the kind of issues that can arise in relationship breakdown. Sometimes agreement may reached on some of the issues, and other types agreement can be reached on all of the issues, both types of agreement can be very beneficial. Mediation gives parties the opportunity to fully explain their position so everyone knows where they stand and to detail their own particular circumstances, thus it can provide for a solution based outcome that suits the needs of the parties in a way that an outsider imposed order may not.

A mediator cannot provide legal advice, so parties should have their own solicitor throughout the process to advise on the law. Your solicitor will be able to guide you through the process and is there to advise on whether expert evidence is required (e.g. in relation to the value of particular assets, such as property, businesses and pensions) as well as the fairness of the overall settlement being explored.

Should I sign an Agreement in Mediation?

If you agree matters for a Separation Agreement in mediation, the mediator will reduce the terms to a written Memorandum of Understanding.  This is not a legal Separation Agreement.   It is generally not advisable to sign a Memorandum of Understanding until such a time as you have received independent legal advice so you understand fully the legal and financial consequences of the agreements you are committing to with your spouse. 

In family mediation parties are seen both separately and together. The mediator may first meet parties separately to ensure both are happy to start mediation and feel safe working with the other party. After mediators will usually try to work with the parties together. 

How long does family mediation take?

Mediation sessions generally take place over a period of weeks or months, and address whatever agenda or list of issues the parties draw up together. If the mediator feels that little or no progress is being made over time, they will tell you and recommend alternatives.

There may be an exchange of financial information but this is not a substitute for formal disclosure that will be required after the mediation before a legally binding agreement is executed.

What happens at the end of family law mediation?

At the conclusion of the mediation, if settlements have been agreed, a solicitor will also most likely be required in order to make the mediation agreement legally binding, by means of a Separation Agreement or a Consent Order for Divorce or Judicial Separation.

On occasion in a protracted family law matter a legally qualified mediator may be appointed between the parties in a lawyer supported mediation.  This can be useful in situations where there are considerable financial assets and liabilities to resolve, it can sometimes involve also third parties if there are broader issues at play.  The partners at Carmody Moran Solicitors LLP have participated in such lawyer led mediations with spouses, and on occasion third party representatives also for financial institutions, banks, creditors (sometimes family relations), or businesses, where there are other interests also to be determined.

What next?

If you would like to discuss any of the issues around separation agreements in Ireland, divorce, or relationship breakdown arising from marital breakdown or cohabiting breakdown, above, please contact us to speak with one of our reassuring family law experts about how we can help by email solicitor@carmodymoran.ie or telephone (01) 8272888.

For a Solicitor for Separation Agreements and further information on separation agreements in Ireland please feel free to telephone our Family Law Solicitors at the office on 27 Upper Mount Street in Dublin City Centre on 01 827 2888 or use the quick enquiry form.

Your Expert Mediation in Ireland Legal Team

At Carmody Moran Solicitors in Dublin our experienced family law lawyers are on hand to advise and skilled in handling all nature of separation agreements in Ireland.

The two partners of Carmody Moran Solicitors in Dublin have a combined total of in excess of twenty five years professional legal experience. Together with their associates they as solicitors for separation agreements aim to make the Court process as straight forward and navigable as possible while being on hand to alleviate their clients concerns and worries about going through the Court process.

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Anthony Carmody

Partner

Anthony Carmody is one of the founding Partners of Carmody Moran Solicitors.

He has significant experience in personal injury cases and general litigation having handled literally thousands of cases on behalf of clients based in Ireland and abroad.

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Niamh Moran

Partner

Niamh Moran is one of the founding partners of Carmody Moran Solicitors and is a solicitor with wide ranging experience across all areas of general practice.

Niamh manages the family lawconveyancing in Dublin, and probate divisions of the practice. Niamh’s practice of law is extremely varied and she is regularly sought out for her expertise by clients and colleagues alike.

*While we have made every effort to provide accurate information, the law is always changing and it affects each person differently. This information is not a substitute for specific advice about you personally and it is not intended as legal advice. We will not be liable to you if you rely on this information. In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Reg.8 of SI 518 of 2002.

You should note that no solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature shall exist or be deemed to exist between Carmody Moran Solicitors and you until you have received a written letter of engagement from us in which we confirm our appointment as your Solicitors.

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Herghelegiu Oana
Herghelegiu Oana
22:44 20 Jun 22
We just got the keys to our dream home 🏡 special thanks to Stephanie,Helen,Caila and Carmody Moran team.All the girls are very friendly and helpful.Stephanie was a pleasure to have you as our solicitor.Highly recommend!
Karolina Siwakowska
Karolina Siwakowska
20:00 28 Mar 22
We've just got the keys to our dream home and Carmody Moran has helped us with all the legal work. We've been dealing with Stephanie and Helen and they both have been great: friendly, professional and communicative. The whole process can be intimidating at times, but they've made sure to make it as easy as possible for us. They've represented us well. Highly recommended.
ciara daly
ciara daly
16:27 18 Feb 22
Anthony and his team went above and beyond for me, everything was always looked after and I was constantly kept in the loop for my RTA case. From phone calls to emails to dealing with insurers. Gave me great peace of mind that I chose the right solicitor and Anthony himself is a gentleman. I would highly recommend Carmody Moran Solicitors.
Cassandra Reyes
Cassandra Reyes
11:11 14 Jan 22
Tony is quick and responsive to me. Very professional and would definitely recommend to my family and friends.Thank you so much.
Martin Kinsella
Martin Kinsella
17:23 15 Dec 21
CarmodyMoran were a pleasure to deal with. I found them to be extremely helpful in all my queries and responded to me in a very personal and professional manner.
Marie Byrne
Marie Byrne
14:06 30 Nov 21
Anthony & Niamh are our family Solicitor, so had no hesitation when the decision was made to sell of our family home. They dealt with my dad in the most caring manner explaining everything in detail. I dealt with Helen Ryan and Stephanie Tierney. The response to every query was exceptional. An absolute pleasure to deal with. If they were unavailable Emma at reception would pass all messages on. It was a very positive experience and a fantastic team at Carmody/Moran Solicitors. Thank you. Marie Byrne
Jennifer Foley
Jennifer Foley
18:13 27 Nov 21
Excellent.I am a client of Carmody Moran for the last few years.Niamh is a lovely person she made a difficult and lengthy process easy and answered any questions in a timely manner, very approachable and thorough.With her guidance and experience I found her to be very professional and understanding of my position, every step of the process was explained to me without overwhelming me.I cannot speak highly enough of Niamh and her team.I am happy to recommend them to anyone.
Richard Lawrence
Richard Lawrence
13:04 02 Sep 21
Would highly recommend.Tony and his team were absolutely brillant dealing with my case.Tony made me feel comfortable from day one, he explained everything to me at all times . Any time I had questions about thing's there was no problem in picking up the phone or sending a email Tony always got back to me and answered my questions.Fantastic service.
Fran Carroll
Fran Carroll
18:10 10 Jun 21
Tony an his team are brilliant.Left no stone unturned.
We availed of Carmody Moran Solicitors for the sale of our property. Niamh and her team were very efficient, quick, easy to reach and, most importantly, proactive to solve issues and process the sale. Really happy with the service and a very good value for money. Highly recommend!
Annamay Rowan
Annamay Rowan
12:21 10 Mar 21
Would highly recommend Anthony Carmody as he was so supportive with me and my family's case. If you made contact he would ring or email you back that day and explain things in your language.
Anant Batra
Anant Batra
00:05 05 Feb 21
Fantastic experience dealing with Anthony. Excellent and quick communication. Would highly recommend!
Elvyra Petkeviciute
Elvyra Petkeviciute
15:43 02 Sep 20
Great service, efficient, proffesional, very responsive. Over all very happy with services.
Tracy Ankers
Tracy Ankers
11:22 02 Aug 20
Would highly recommend Anthony and his team .
Elaine McSweeney
Elaine McSweeney
10:01 31 Jul 20
Really pleased with the advice, help, communication and understanding that I received all the way through my case. A very personable and professional firm with the focus always on the client.
Maxine Hudson
Maxine Hudson
13:47 12 May 20
Would highly recommend. No nonsense straight to the point. Kept informed at all times during the process. Anthony and staff all great.
Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly
02:11 06 Feb 20
Great team to deal with, very professional, communication from them constantly was beyond amazing, nothing but great things to say for them, Tony went above and beyond for me, highly recommended A++ for there service, thank you again guys much appreciated.
Mick Giles
Mick Giles
15:50 09 Dec 19
My experience with this law firm was exceptional. Tony is a very professional man who gave me his time and opinion without over promising on the result. Honest and trustworthy - Highly recommend
david clarke
david clarke
17:01 02 Dec 19
Absolute pleasure working with the CM team. Highly professional, always helpful. Great communication and made the process as hassle free as possible. Highly recommended.
Matthew Canning
Matthew Canning
17:17 23 May 19
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Alan Alyyan
Alan Alyyan
19:14 21 Jan 19
Professional Solicitors that you can depend on!
Vanja Jovanovic
Vanja Jovanovic
07:49 06 Jul 18
We have dealt with both, Niamh and Anthony. Very pleased with the level of service. Very professional and always there to answer any questions we had while guiding us through the process. Highly recommended
Bonnie B
Bonnie B
07:52 14 Jun 18
Great to deal with professional,patient and efficient. Big thanks to Niamh, Leanne and Camilla .
declan mcgrath
declan mcgrath
07:36 12 Jun 18
Great service from Niamh, Leanne and all the team at Carmody Moran. Thanks
Phyllis Dalton
Phyllis Dalton
16:33 31 May 18
Our experience with Carmody Moran was very positive. They were very professional and always there on the phone if I ever needed anything. Great service.
Andrew Penrose
Andrew Penrose
23:57 24 May 18
We selected Carmody Moran to represent us. Great experience with Niamh and the crew after over a year engagement on property dealings have nothing but great things to say. Very professional, prompt to queries and very responsive. Highly recommended.
Paul Moran
Paul Moran
17:52 25 Feb 18
Professional but very friendly and courteous.
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jingjing xu
16:11 15 Jun 15
I went to Carmody after deciding to get a house. I found their work is detailed and very reliable. I will go again to them for next time legal service.
David McGowan
David McGowan
16:43 14 May 15
I went to Carmody Moran Solicitors after a car accident and needed injury claim advice, I was incredibly impressed and was kept well informed of how my claim was progressing.They were very straight forward and never set unrealistic time frames or over promising but delivered on everything, They were consummate professionals and I really can't thank them enough, I would highly recommend them to anyone and I will use them for any legal advice I may have in the future.
Terry Palmer
Terry Palmer
15:24 23 Apr 15
I have always found the service offered by Carmody Moran to be first rate and i would would have no hesitation in recommending them.
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