Family law mediation
Family law mediation is a way of resolving disputes and disagreements between you and your partner without going through the court system.
For many couples, mediation is a preferable and more effective way of resolving disputes related to three main areas:
The mediator facilitates the process to help with negotiations and ensure a fair arrangement regarding custody, residency and contact arrangements for children, child maintenance payments, property, savings, debt and pensions. In most cases, a court will expect you to have tried mediation before you can apply for a court order.
Jordans Solicitors have a Resolution trained mediator who is a member of the Family Mediation Council. They can assist you and your spouse/partner in resolving all family matters without the need to go to court (except to approve an agreement reached).
Why consider mediation?
Reaching a resolution through family law mediation means that you and your spouse/partner are the ones making the decision. You are not relying on a judge deciding matters and waiting anxiously for this determination to be made. With the help of family mediation lawyers, this can help you reach a more favourable agreement for the both of you.
It can be a lot less stressful and time-consuming than court proceedings, putting much less strain on both of you and any children involved. Agreements made through mediation can also be changed should your circumstances change in the future as well.
When should I consider family law mediation?
Any couple going through the process of separation or a divorce should consider mediation. Especially when there are disagreements about children, property or pensions, it can be a cheaper and faster way of resolving such issues. This can stop such disagreements escalating and getting worse.
It doesn’t matter how long you and your ex-partner have been separated, mediation may still be an option. It is not appropriate for cases of domestic abuse though.
How does family law mediation work?
The courts recognise it is important that the parties involved in a separation should try and resolve matters themselves in the first place. It is now a requirement (except in some circumstances) that parties learn more about mediation first by attending a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before making an application to court.
We undertake MIAMs and then offer mediation on all family issues. Mediation can often be a cheaper and quicker way to resolve your differences and the sessions can be as frequent as you desire. They can last between one and two hours, so a considerable amount of issues can be discussed during this time.
Additional meetings will happen where specific issues are discussed and arrangements made. These can focus on finances, property, children or any other important factors. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will draw up a summary of the details that is sent to both of you to discuss with your solicitors.
It is always advisable to have your own family mediation solicitors advising you through the mediation process, as the mediator is unable to give independent legal advice. Finally, when you are both satisfied, your solicitors will turn the summary into a legally binding document.
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