What is Mediation? Why should you mediate?
The purpose of Mediation is to allow people in dispute to settle their differences without the need for solicitors or courts. Mediation enables people with disagreements or those with a need to make an agreement to make mutually agreed arrangements. Mediation provides safe space for people to discuss their issues, and then help people to reach an agreement that both are able to move on with.
Many are not in dispute but simply want to make arrangements for their future after a divorce or separation, to discuss division of assets, to develop child arrangements, housing options, pensions, pet ownership. In fact, anything can be discussed within mediation.
Since April, 2014, to apply to a family court, you are required to consider mediation before making an application. This is mandatory in most cases. A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) must be completed. Once completed, we will enable you to make a valid application to a family or financial court.
Mediation allows people to make their own decisions regarding their future. The agreements made are more flexible as it is based on your own requirements, ideas and ideals.
Thousands of pounds are saved as you avoid expensive lawyer fees and court costs. Many find that once an application is made to a court, in can take months, even years to get a final judgement. This judgement is also made by someone who does not know your situation, your children or your particular needs and is often inflexible. Mediation also allows you to reach an agreement at your own pace. You can choose to mediate once a week, once a month. The decision is yours to make.