Family mediation can help a separating couple to work together with the help and support of a trained mediator to assist in resolving issues relating to separation including divorce, children matters, finances and property issues.
A family mediator is an impartial and independent professional who will help you discuss and make your own decisions as a separating couple - as well as assist with the practical questions involved in a relationship breakdown.
How Does Mediation Work?
The initial session with a mediator is often referred to as a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). It usually lasts between 30-45 minutes and allows you to meet your mediator, understand how mediation works, what is expected of you and the other party, and explain your circumstances and what you hope to achieve from mediation. The mediator will also assess whether mediation is suitable - for example - if your circumstances include domestic abuse or risk to you or the other party, mediation is usually not suitable.
If mediation is not suitable, your mediator can provide you with the relevant court form allowing you to proceed with a court application.
If mediation appears to be suitable, your mediator will contact the other party to arrange an individual session with them.
If you both agree to mediation, your mediator will arrange the first joint mediation meeting, which is usually held in the same room, to allow you to commence amicable discussions. In some circumstances, your mediator may hold the meeting in separate rooms (this is known as shuttle mediation).
Mediation usually takes between three to five joint sessions but can vary depending on your circumstances.
What We Can Do
Our mediators are qualified family law solicitors who regularly deal with negotiations and litigations, therefore you will be in good hands with a professional who has extensive experience in all areas of family law.