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Jacky Gregory FMCA, Family Mediator

Since training as a mediator in 1998, Jacky Gregory has acquired a wealth of experience mediating all issues arising on relationship breakdown, including arrangements for children, financial issues, and consulting with children to ascertain their wishes and feelings.

Jacky's background is as a solicitor. She ran her own legal practice in Stockport for over 20 years, latterly specialising in family law, but left private practice in 2003 to enable her to focus on family mediation and her part–time judicial role.

She has undertaken extensive training since 1998 in relation to family mediation practice, including areas of child psychology and child consultation.  She has also undertaken training and acquired much experience in relation to her judicial role, which includes deciding cases in relation to children and family finances.

Having experience of family law issues from three different perspectives – advocate, judge and mediator - Jacky is passionate about mediation as the best way forward for most people to resolve issues arising on separation, especially where there are children.  She has a real understanding of the stresses and emotional issues which arise on separation, and seeks to reduce upset for couples and their children by creating a safe and comfortable environment in mediation.

Jacky works to the code of practice accepted by the Family Mediation Council.   She is accredited by the Family Mediators Association and Family Mediation Council, and is a member of the Mediation Northwest group.

What we do

Jacqueline Gregory Family Mediation was established in 1998 and offers a personal high quality mediation service in Cheshire and South Manchester.

I offer privately funded mediation for all issues arising on relationship breakdown.  This includes making arrangements for children, consulting with children to ascertain their wishes and feelings, resolving financial matters (including complex and high value cases), and deciding how and when to start divorce proceedings if required.

I adhere to the codes of practice of the Family Mediation Council and The Family Mediators Association.

Mediation is a voluntary process, it is impartial, and enables couples to shape their own arrangements for their children, separation, finances, property, debts and the future within a timescale and in a manner which they can control.   It can provide a unique opportunity for people to share thoughts and feelings which are important to them, to reduce the likelihood of misunderstandings,  and to help future communications.

I aim to help you to make your own practical and realistic solutions to the issues you face without the distress and cost of court proceedings.

Mediation meetings are held in either Stockport or Macclesfield whichever is more convenient.

What people say.

"I wanted to thank you for all you have done for us. It has been very helpful to be able to talk through issues regarding finances, childcare and general points of consideration for both of us.  I can honestly say that in the few months we have worked with you I have gone from being totally soul destroyed, scared and worried about the future, to happy, carefree and able to plan for a new start. Without the guidance and help of mediation we would not have been able to even discuss issues let alone resolve them.  I found the calm non-threatening environment very helpful in progressing towards our aims and resolutions"

" Many thanks for all your help. I really thought this wasn't going to work. We both realise that this has been the right way to deal with our issues and can't thank you enough for your patience and advice which has proved invaluable.  I feel that we can both move forward with the divorce, and am confident that we can provide a stable and caring environment for (our daughter) in the future."

"a very professional service – very welcome at a difficult time.  Mediation was very helpful as It gave us time and opportunity to explain the concerns we wanted to discuss.  We can now communicate better than before and have been able to finalise our agreement through solicitors."

" thanks for the session you had with the children. We both think it was a really good thing for them."

" since our mediation meeting we have been able to have a good chat to resolve things – it was quite emotional. I feel as if a weight has been lifted. (our daughter) has been much happier on contact visits and I have enjoyed them much more."

The Mediation Process

I will be happy to speak to clients on the phone free of charge to give further information about my mediation service. For contact information click here.

If both parties have decided to proceed with mediation then all that is needed is to phone me to make a suitable appointment, and  each should then complete the mediation referral form and return it to me. 

Download the Mediation Referral Form here (word document - opens in new window)

I would normally have a separate preliminary meeting with each person for about an hour so that I can fully understand their concerns and discuss how they can best benefit from mediation.  Provided there are no matters which may make mediation unsuitable, we would then proceed to a joint meeting.

For those who are not sure if mediation is the best way forward, I can offer a Mediation Information and Advice Meeting (MIAM) which explains the mediation process and allows me to assess whether there are any matters which might make mediation unsuitable.  This normally takes about an hour, and I would talk to the parties separately.   It is now a requirement of the courts that any person wishing to issue a court application in relation to children or financial matters will normally be required to attend a MIAM first, and will need forms  signed by a mediator to indicate that either mediation has not proved suitable or that it has broken down.

Joint meetings may last up to two hours.  The number of meetings required depends on the extent and complexity of the issues to be resolved, but on average three or four meetings would be required to resolve financial matters,  and one or two for children issues only. 

I do offer a consultation with children as an option.  For full details of the process for consulting children can be viewed here 

I do not take sides or make decisions for you.  I help you gather all the information to explore the options open to you.  I can give information about the legal framework and how it works, but cannot give legal advice as to what you should do.  I make sure that during meetings certain ground rules are respected, thus allowing discussions to be as balanced and productive as possible.

I will suggest, where necessary, that both parties obtain legal advice to enable them to make fully informed decisions about settlement.   Having legal advice in parallel with the mediation process increases the likelihood of a mediated settlement being adhered to and converted into a legally binding court order.   Normally solicitors will be needed to make any financial agreement reached in mediation legally binding, and to deal with transfers or sale of property or assets.

Where financial matters need to be resolved, full financial information must be given.   I will explain at the first meeting what is required by way of completed forms and documents.  This information enables both parties and myself to have a clear view of the position as a basis for discussions and enables solicitors to give proper legal advice.  The same information would also be required by a judge who was being asked to approve an agreed court order.    If for any reason matters cannot be agreed in mediation, then the financial information provided can be used by solicitors without having to repeat the process, thus saving time and money.

All financial information is provided on an ‘open’ basis so that it can be used in court if need be.  All other information and discussion is confidential or ‘privileged’ and may not be referred to in court.  The only exception to confidentiality is if there appears to be a risk of serious harm to a child, or if there is a requirement of disclosure under the money laundering regulations.

With the parties agreement,  I will prepare a summary of the financial information provided and a summary of any agreed settlement proposals.  This will enable solicitors to make them into a legally binding form should the parties wish, and it should be remembered that proposals agreed in mediation are not legally binding unless this happens.

Payment is required for each meeting at the end of the meeting, and in advance for preparation of mediation summaries.  The cost is normally shared between the parties unless they agree something different.  Payment may be by cheque, cash or internet bank transfer on the day of the meeting. For details of charges click here.

Meetings are held in offices in either Macclesfield or Stockport whichever is more convenient.  The offices currently being used are at 250 Park Lane Macclesfield SK11 8AD where there is free parking on the road close by.



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