Family Mediation is a process whereby trained and experienced mediators work together with a couple on a voluntary basis to help them consider the options available and possible ways to reach an agreement, while trying to avoid pressure being placed on either one of them.
This has the advantage of hopefully reducing conflict between the parties, as well as cost advantages if agreement can be reached, and it is often considerably quicker than issuing Court proceedings.
Once an agreement has been reached, the parties will receive an Open Financial Summary and a legally privileged document known as a Memorandum of Understanding setting out the proposals.
Mediators do not give legal advice, take sides or tell people what they ought to do and they have no power to impose decisions. A mediator’s role is to be non-judgmental and impartial, and to reduce conflict by encouraging couples to explore the options that may be available to them.
Parties are still advised to seek legal advice in the course of mediation to ensure that the proposals made are sensible and where appropriate, to convert the agreement into a fully binding Court Order.
Mediation sessions usually last 90 minutes. The number of sessions depends upon the nature and complexity of the issues and the pace at which the couple wish to go although generally 2 to 4 sessions are needed.
It is worth noting that all couples are expected to attend a first 30 minutes information intake meeting with a mediator before issuing proceedings in relation to children and/or finances, although this can be undertaken individually, if requested.
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