12 August 2019
What is mediation and how can it work for me?
What is mediation?
Mediation is a positive alternative to court proceedings for couples who are separating. It can help you to organise assets, finances and care arrangements for your children without the cost and stress of going to court. Throughout the process you’ll be working with an independent third party - the ‘mediator’ - who can help you reach an agreement you both feel comfortable with.
You don’t have to go to mediation, but if you end up having to go to court to sort out your differences, you usually need to prove you’ve been to a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM). This is an introductory meeting to explain what mediation is and how it might help you.
How long does mediation usually take?
Every mediation session usually lasts between one to two hours. The amount of sessions you need is different for every family and depends on the number of issues to resolve and how quickly you’re able to reach an agreement. Usually it takes between one to five sessions.
How much does mediation cost?
Although it is considerably less expensive than taking your case to court, mediation does involve costs. We know that the last thing you want to have to worry about when you’re going through a separation is money. We offer a free initial consultation, followed by a cost-effective fixed fee structure, meaning you won’t have any unwanted surprises when it comes to payments.
Is mediation usually successful?
Yes, it can help in many ways. For example, it can help you to:
- Keep control: You stay in control of what happens to your children, property and money. You don’t have a judge telling you what to do;
- Reduce stress: The whole point of mediation is reaching sensible solutions in a calm, considered way;
- Receive practical support: Having a trained mediator who can also give legal advice can save you time and help you reach decisions;
- Save time: Litigation through the courts takes time. Whilst mediation can also take time to reach an agreement, it’s invariably the faster option;
- Save money: Going to court can be eye-wateringly expensive. Mediation is often considerably cheaper.
Mediation is more than a way to reach an agreement. It can help the whole family establish new ‘ground rules’ for the way you’ll live, communicate and relate to each other. It can make the process after separation easier, not just for you, but for your children too.
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