Couple talking in Mediation Session

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process where two people can meet in a safe neutral place to talk about and negotiate any issues following on from their separation or divorce.

We can help you with a variety of issues, such as:

  • Arrangements for the children including:
    • Time spent with each parent
    • Co-parenting
    • Special occasions
  • Issues around the property and finance
  • What happens to the house we shared?
  • What about our savings and other assets?
  • What about our debts?
  • What about our pensions?

Mediation starts with a meeting between the mediator and each adult separately.

This is usually followed by a number of sessions with two adults together that focus on things that are important to you (for example children’s arrangements or money / finances).

Meetings usually last an hour each (two hours for financial matters). We can speak to children as part of mediation process, if you and your child agree to it.

At the start of the process, each party is invited to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. This meeting is for you on your own, your ex partner will not be there. You will have the opportunity to discuss the issues, this will give the Mediator a better understanding of situation. The mediator will explain the mediation process and what you can expect.

Due to changes in legislation it is compulsory for anyone to first attend a MIAM with a qualified Mediator before beginning court proceedings. If mediation is unsuitable in your case, the mediator will be able to complete the documentation to enable you to begin court proceedings.

No, and mediators can’t give legal advice. You should always seek independent legal advice before entering into any legally binding agreement.

At the end of the mediation process your Mediator will prepare a written Memorandum of Understanding which outlines all of the details you have agreed to. For financial matters this can be then presented to your solicitors who can then draft an agreement to make the arrangements legally binding. This will avoid the need for a judge to make a decision and the costly court process.

In child contact arrangements, research has shown that arrangements that have been negotiated by the parents are far more likely to work than arrangements imposed on them by a Judge.

Yes, Legal Aid is available for Mediation. You will need to bring evidence of income to your first appointment such as:

  • Most recent payslips
  • Bank Statements
  • Written confirmation of any benefits

If you are unsure of what to bring with you please contact us and we will give you further guidance

As long as either you or your former partner is eligible, the person who isn’t will have their assessment appointment (MIAM) fully funded and their mediation partially funded.