MG Legal’s helpful guide to mediation:
What is mediation?
Mediation is the process through which families are able to discuss and negotiate future arrangements for their children with the help of an impartial third party. The purpose of the process is to allow the parents to amicably decide what is best for their child/children, while the neutral third party is simply there to facilitate the discussion and improve communication.
Why do I need to meet the mediator before mediation?
Before mediation is started, each parent must meet with the mediator alone. The aims of this process are:
To ensure that each parent is given an opportunity to speak confidentially to the mediator and let them know any specific factors in your family situation that they should be aware
Allow both parties to become comfortable with the mediator, so that the official joint meeting is more comfortable for all involved
To allow the mediator to give you any necessary information about the upcoming mediation process, other resolution processes available, and to ensure that mediation is the right step for you and your family
Do I have to see my ex-partner for mediation?
Generally speaking, most mediation meetings will take place in a joint setting, with both parents and the mediator present either in the same room or on the same video call. However, our family law solicitors know that this is not always an option, and in some circumstances our clients go through mediation in a separate room to their ex-partner, in a process known as shuttle mediation.
What does a mediator do in family mediation?
During the mediation meetings, the mediator can help to inform the parents as to what needs to be done to make their agreements legally binding. However, while they can advise you generally, they do not offer you personalised advice for your individual circumstances. If you feel that you would benefit from this throughout the mediation process, in order to get the most out of the process, get in touch with our expert family solicitors, here.
Does mediation work?
If mediation works, it can be a great option to avoid a situation ending up in court, as mediation is much faster, less expensive, and less stressful for those involved. However, here at MG Legal, we know that this is not always possible, and we are here to help if this happens.
What to do if mediation doesn’t work?
If you have attempted mediation, and it has been unsuccessful due to both parties not coming to an agreement, or one party not attending meeting, it is at this point that you should contact our expert team of family solicitors, and we will assist you in the rest of the process as your dispute is passed onto the courts. Find out what will happen next, here.
How can our family law solicitors help with mediation?
If you would like specialist legal advice during your mediation process, then do not hesitate to arrange a meeting with Sara Williams, our expert family law solicitors with over 18 years of experience in family law matters. Contact our offices online, here, by phone, or by email at email@example.com and hear back from us within one working hour.