Mediation can make a real difference to the final outcome
Mediation can be one of the most sensible and cost effective ways of resolving problems when a couple's relationship has broken down. Separation and divorce often involve a major crisis for a family; emotions may run high, especially if there are children to consider.
Family mediation is most commonly used to sort out finances, property matters and arrangements for children.
There can be distress and anger between partners and family mediation can allow matters to be resolved amicably because both partners are equally involved. A trained mediator offers a calm, impartial centre and helps limit the conflict, discuss things sensibly and make the right decisions. It is a voluntary process and both must both agree on solutions, or there is no agreement.
When there are children then the mediator place them at the centre of discussions. You are involved to consider their needs and feelings because you will have a continuing relationship even after your relationship as a couple has broken down.
Family mediation services can be much cheaper than fighting through Court with individual solicitors as only one, sometimes two Mediators help you make informed decisions about your future. The number of sessions of mediation will depend on the complexity of the issues.
Quite simply, the parties come together in the same building and have joint meetings with each other and/or private meetings with the Mediator. During the confidential sessions, the Mediator will help you and your former spouse or partner to identify all the issues that need to be resolved, discuss the options and guide towards a settlement that is acceptable to both parties.
At the end of the process if asked the Mediator will prepare a detailed summary of the proposals reached, which you can then have made into a legally binding agreement or court order.
We are members of the Family Mediators Association (FMA) and of the Family Mediation Council and we follow their Standards and Codes of Practice.
Both parties will receive a letter explaining the process. You will need to complete a Referral Form and an Agreement to Mediate before the meeting.