There is a common misconception that mediation is about trying to put a relationship back together. It is not a form of counselling but a forward looking process designed to help couples, who are separating, to reach agreement over all aspects of their separation.
Mediation is voluntary so you have both got to be willing to give it a go. Usually the mediator will provide an introductory appointment to explain the process in more detail and to understand which areas the couple wish to discuss within the mediation – whether it is sorting out financial matters or arrangements for the children, or both.
Typically there will be three or four sessions of mediation to reach agreement. Both of you will have your own separate legal advice outside of the mediation process so that you can be sure that you are reaching a fair and workable outcome.
Mediation helps to keep the channels of communication open and saves the cost of resorting to Court proceedings on divorce.
Our Family team can support you throughout the mediation process providing legal advice and drawing up the necessary divorce or separation paperwork when the mediation is concluded.
If you wish to find out more, please contact a member of our Family law team.