Mediation is a service that is available as an alternative to litigation.
Family mediation is where a professionally trained mediator that is independent
will help you to try and resolve issues regarding your finances and/or children
and other matters.
Mediation can help you to stay in control and it can give you more of a say
about what you would like to happen. Sometimes mediation can be less stressful
and help reduce the level of conflict. It can be quicker and less costly
than referring matters to the court to determine.
You may contact a mediator direct or discuss this with your solicitor.
At an initial meeting, your mediator will discuss with you whether mediation
is suitable for you. The mediator will speak with you about the process so
that you can understand how this works. If further meetings are scheduled
the mediator will speak with you about this. Between meetings you may wish
to obtain advice from your solicitor if you are instructing a solicitor.
If mediation is successful, then the mediator will explain the next steps.
Mediators will usually recommend that each person obtains legal advice
throughout the mediation process.
You may also be able to get some help with funding mediation and this can
also be explored with publicly funded mediators.
There is a requirement (with a couple of exceptions) that you need to have
considered mediation and attended a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment
Meeting) with a suitably qualified mediator to discuss mediation before referring
the matter to the court for assistance.
At Noren Family Law, we offer support and guidance to our clients when they
attending mediation. If you are considering mediation or are currently
attending mediation then please contact us to see how we can support and
guide you through this.