Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 8 – Mediation

August 21, 2013, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Mediation:  This is an out-of-court solution to resolving issues arising out of the breakdown of a relationship.  With the assistance of a trained mediator who facilitates discussion and negotiation between the parties, a settlement can be reached in just a few sessions.  It is a more pragmatic and cost effective approach than expensive court proceedings or months of correspondence between solicitors.  Where court proceedings are issued in relation to children or finances, it is expected that parties will have at least considered the viability of mediation and should have attended an initial mediation meeting known as a MIAMS.

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