Mediation is a voluntary and amicable alternative solution to settling and negotiating on matters that arise during a divorce process for you and your ex-partner.
It is a means to reach a decision in a safe place without the need for long drawn out court proceedings which can be time consuming and expensive as parties can agree and decide on matters relating to finances and children with a trained mediator. Also, mediation can be a less formal procedure to court proceedings and therefore a less stressful and contentious atmosphere.
What is the process of Family Mediation?
The process begins with a MIAM meeting. A MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meeting) is a meeting with a qualified, trained mediator who will explain the mediation process, what it is and how it can help a separating couple. Not all separating couples may feel that mediation is suitable for them. Mediation may not be suitable for matters involving domestic violence for example, as only a court would be able to help.
It has now become a legal requirement for all couples to attend a MIAM with a family mediator. The reason for this is that some separating couples may find it more beneficial for them and it can avoid the court’s time being used up.
The government recently introduced a Mediation Voucher Scheme to help towards the cost of Mediation for separating couples, encouraging them to seek to resolve their disputes outside of court when appropriate to do so. This voucher is the first of its kind and each separating couple can receive a voucher up to the value of £500 towards the cost of their mediation.
What are the benefits of Mediation?
Mediation offers many opportunities and advantages which a trial in court cannot. The advantages of mediation are that it is far more cost effective and a more amicable process to resolve issues that arise during separation. Almost any family dispute can be resolved in mediation. The process is flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs.
The trained mediator is there to facilitate the conversation between partners, they are not there to agree with either party or to take sides. They are there to help separating couples reach their desired results by the end of the mediation process.
If an agreement is reached, this will be recorded in a document that shows what both parties have decided together and can become a legally binding document, which means you stick to the terms of the agreement by law.
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