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What is mediation?

Mediation

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you resolve disagreements together, to reach agreements that work for you.

These may be arrangements for your children and/or your finances following separation or divorce, or disagreements within families about property or future planning. Family mediation can be helpful when arrangements you’ve made before need to be reviewed, for example as your children grow up or when your circumstances have changed.

Mediation helps you stay in control

and the decisions
are made by you.

Mediation is a voluntary process

and you choose whether
you want to take part.

Mediators are impartial & do not take sides

They are there
for both of you.

Mediation is
entirely
confidential

It provides a safe space for you to explore your options before entering any legally binding agreements.

Mediators can give you information about the relevant laws

(but not legal advice) and will explain what needs to happen to make an agreement between you legally binding.

Mediation helps you to move forward with your life

Over 70% of cases in mediation result in an agreement, saving stress, time and money for everyone involved.

Mediation is less stressful and significantly quicker than going to court

and can save you money. Legal aid is available if you are financially eligible. Your mediator can give you information about how to access legal advice, and other support and help that may be available for you.

The Mediation Process

The first stage in the mediation process is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM), when the mediator meets with each of you separately. They will ask you for some information about what you need help with, and will provide you with information about the mediation process and other options available to you.

If you do not want to proceed with mediation or need to make an application to court, the mediator can provide a certificate for you to show that you have attended a MIAM.

If you both wish to continue with mediation, the mediator will then book you in for your first mediation session. During these sessions the mediator will help you to identify the issues, gather information you need to proceed, and work out what options are available to you.   

 We can work with you in ways that are flexible and tailor-made for your situation.  You do not have to be in the same space as the other participant if you or the mediator decides that working with you in separate spaces would be preferable.