What is Family Mediation?
Family Mediation is the process of out of Court settlement in which an impartial third-party, the Mediator helps those involved in family breakdown to communicate better with each other and to reach their own agreements and make informed decisions about some or all the issues on separation, divorce, children, finances and property. Mediation can also be described as “assisted negotiation”.
On the 6th April 2011 the Government issued a pre action protocol that requires anyone facing relationship breakdown to attend a mediation awareness session before they consider issuing an application at Court – a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, better known as a ‘MIAM’.
There are exceptions where there is evidence of domestic violence or child protection issues, in which case exemptions will apply. However you cannot be forced to mediate. If your case is suitable for mediation and you and your ex-partner both agree to mediate then the matter can go ahead via the mediation route. Mediation is a voluntary process for the separating couple and the mediator.
Mediation is a confidential and a legally privileged process, allowing you and your ex-partner to have open and frank discussions with each other, in a safe and supported environment, without fear that you will be bound by solutions that either of you may propose as a reasonable solutions.
As the mediator in your case, I will bring to the table over 20 years family law experience and knowledge as a family Solicitor to give you both pragmatic guidance and information on all aspects of the breakup to help you both reach your own decisions. I cannot offer either of you legal advice so it is important that you do have the benefit of legal advice through your own independent solicitors. It is usually with the advice and help of your solicitors that the terms of agreement reached, can be turned in to formal and/or legally binding Court Orders
Please refer to the pages on FAQs on Family Mediation for more information.