The Family Mediation Process
If you and your partner or spouse have decided to separate or divorce, family mediation is a way to resolve any disputes privately without going to court.
This can be in relation to post-divorce arrangements for children, money or the practicalities of how life will work in the future.
How Mediation Works
Family mediators should be contacted after you have reached your decision to divorce or separate. Mediation sessions are very different to marriage counselling.
The aim is not to reconcile your relationship (although reconciliation might be an outcome), but to work out how the divorce/separation will work, and what will happen after the separation.
Benefits of Mediation
One of the benefits of family mediation is that it can improve communication between you and your former partner, leading to better relations post–separation if you need to remain in contact, especially where there are children.
If you think that mediation might be the right process for you and your former partner, the first step is to contact our mediation solicitors to discuss your situation; they will provide information and answer any questions you might have.
The mediator will ask your former partner to make contact so that the same information can be provided to them.
Assuming mediation is appropriate, the mediator will arrange individual meetings with you and your former partner before any joint sessions take place.