Under the new Family Procedure Rules it is compulsory, if a party is issuing proceedings, to refer the matter to mediation; this is whether the application to be made is for a financial remedy or in relation to children matters. There are certain exemptions, but these are few and far between and you should expect that if you do issue proceedings that you will have to attend at least one mediation session.
Mediation involves an independent third party (a mediator) who helps you decide how to proceed after carefully discussing all the options available. The period of separation and divorce is a stressful and emotional time, so the presence of a mediator to help control the negotiation process is highly beneficial to reach agreement on a number of important decisions about both people’s futures – with particular emphasis placed on any children or dependants involved.
Contact our specialist family law Mediator Sarah Thompson. Alternatively for initial legal advice call our Police Family Law Helpline 0808 175 7710. We offer free initial consultations and reduced rates for all police personnel.