Mediation involves you and your partner agreeing to the appointment of a neutral third party mediator and we will be happy to recommend which mediator we think would be most appropriate.
That mediator will be specially trained and experienced in carrying out this work and will often be a qualified family law solicitor.
The mediator will have an initial meeting with you to explain the procedure and, if the mediator is satisfied that the case is suitable for mediation, he or she will then arrange for a meeting with both of you. The mediator will manage the discussions between you to see whether you can reach an agreement. Depending on the issues involved, you may have two or three or sometimes more such meetings.
Mediation provides a forum for discussions relating to all issues including children issues, financial agreements and practical issues. The intention is that the mediation will provide an environment that is respectful and inclusive. It will provide legal information and general guidance and the mediator will manage the process, help you fix agendas, take notes and minutes and can ultimately prepare a document to record the decisions made.
Mediation is voluntary and will only work if both parties are prepared to act reasonably within the mediation. When successful, mediation can be a cost effective and sensible way to resolve matters.