How family mediation works

1. The process starts when we receive a call from you or the other person, or a referral from a solicitor acting on behalf of either of you, or a court.

2. We will then arrange for you to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting [a MIAM] appointment. At the MIAM we explore together whether mediation as a process can help you to resolve issues and is suitable in your circumstances. We can also assess whether you are eligible for Legal Aid.

3. We then arrange for the other person to attend their mediation information and assessment meeting. Each MIAM is your private time with the mediator and is not shared with the other person. 

4. If you and the other person are willing to proceed in mediation and we agree mediation can help you resolve matters, we set up your first mediation meeting. 

Mediation meetings are FACE TO FACE and ONLINE via video conferencing using ZOOM. 
The meeting can be joint [where you are sat in the same room with the mediator] or in shuttle [where you sit in two separate rooms and mediator goes between the two of you].   

ALL mediation meetings are presently ONLINE joint or shuttle meetings using ZOOM video conferencing - in accordance with current Government guidance regarding Coronavirus.

Family mediation can take between 2 to 4 sessions, depending on your agenda, discussions and progress.  

There is no set formula - every person's circumstances, family and finances are different.

Family mediation is NOT an alternative to legal advice.

Legal advice should always be considered and obtained during the mediation process and used to help inform your discussions and decisions.

Reaching agreement

If you reach agreement in mediation on CHILDREN MATTERS we can draft a Parenting Plan summarising your arrangements.  This is not a legally binding document and you would need to obtain legal advice on what elements of how to obtain a child arrangements order based on your agreements.

If you reach agreement on a financial settlement in mediation we prepare two documents;

  • a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] setting out your agreements and considerations
  • an Open Financial Statement [OFS] which is an open document detailing the facts and figures of your assets and liabilities
Once approved by yourselves these documents are used by your solicitor to draft a consent order which would be submitted as a paper exercise for court approval.

. . . . mediation does not proceed or mediation breaks down . . . .

If you or the other person decides not to proceed in the mediation process then we sign the C100 form for children arrangements or Form A for financial remedy which are the court forms you would need to issue court proceedings.  Likewise if you proceed in mediation and for whatever reason mediation breaks down, we sign the C100 form for children arrangements or Form A for financial remedy and you issue court proceedings.