Mediation is a form of resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way. In family law it is aimed at dealing with the practicalities of a separation or divorce.
The mediation process aims to reach an agreement on key points involved in a separation or divorce. For example, the terms of the divorce, including any property or financial settlements and also, where children are involved, determining their living arrangements and establishing contact arrangements.
All mediation is facilitated with the help of a third party trained mediator who is independent of both parties involved in the dispute.
Family mediation was brought in by the government for anyone involved in a dispute over the terms of their separation or divorce. The aim is to reduce the amount of people going to court over this type of issue.
In you are in a disagreement over the terms of your separation or divorce you will have to attend an initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before you can proceed to court.
Once you have attended the initial MIAM you will be encouraged to proceed with the mediation process, although it is not compulsory unless both parties wish to continue.
Mediation can have a number of benefits over the alternative of going to court to deal with a separation. Such as:
If you would like to discuss an issue with one of our family law solicitors, please contact us and one of our specialist team will be happy to advise you.