What is family Mediation

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What is family mediation?

Mediation is a less expensive, faster and less stressful alternative to using a lawyer to resolve your issues at the end of a relationship breakdown. Both or one party will hire a neutral third party “mediator” to help them to assist them to communicate and negotiate so that parenting, finances and other issues can be resolved calmly and efficiently.

Do I need to sit down with my ex?

No. Many mediators do see couples together but from experience I believe that the best way to mediate between parties when a relationship has broken down is to see both people separately.

How does it work?

In theory both parties should agree to mediate together and ought to sign an agreement to mediate. Sometimes one party may be reluctant to come on board. In those circumstances it is helpful to engage a mediator for an initial consultation so that a broad strategy for conflict resolution can be discussed with a view to allowing the other party time to engage in mediation or if one party has already hired a solicitor then to allow the party time to ask their solicitor if he or she would be willing to co-mediate outside the legal system. 

How much does it cost?

Mediation is much less expensive than litigation. This mediation service charges by the hour and will work out a monthly plan so that costs are fixed as the mediation progresses. There are no large bills at the end of the process.

How long does it take?

If both parties to the mediation are willing to exchange information and communicate in good faith then the mediation shouldn’t take more than a few months. 

What is the end result?

The end result of a mediation is a signed legal agreement that is either a fully enforceable legal separation or the main document that will be used during a divorce application. 

Will I need legal advice?

It is always a good idea to get legal advice before signing a mediated agreement. However this should not be expensive because you ought only need to see your legal advisor for his or her legal opinion, rather than engaging him or her for the purposes of litigation. 

Is it confidential?

All mediation sessions are absolutely confidential.

 

 

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