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FAQS Family Mediation

Mediation is a completely voluntary and confidential process in order to find an alternative dispute resolution.

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During mediation, couples, children, and grandparents have the opportunity to negotiate with an impartial person helping them to reach a solution that’s acceptable to everyone.

How long should the mediation take?

Mediation can vary from 3 to 5 sessions to months. It depends on what the issues are and how much is worked through during each session. Mediation appointments typically last between 60 and 90 minutes.

How much does mediation cost?

This depends on the mediation services that you choose, individual or couples mediation. Phone the prospective mediator to see where they can help and find out the costs.

Why can't I just go straight to court?

Going to court should only be used as a last resort if the individuals can't find a mutual decision. If you go to court, there is only one winner, and somebody always loses. If you are considering court, it is best not to do anything that could hinder your own access or the other parent's access to your children. That may be compromised if a judge were to become involved. The judge is going on facts and does not have to live with the consequences of a fallout in a court hearing.

Can children see a mediator?

We strongly encouraged children to be a part of the mediation process, depending on the age of the child. We recommend a separate appointment for the child, providing they want that to be involved and it is agreed it would be beneficial.

What if the ex-partner will not consider mediation and refuses?

Somebody who does not want to attend mediation can not be forced into going. It is best to seek legal advice on how to progress further if this is your current situation. Solicitors like to hear that mediation has been thought about first. If you are dealing with issues that are not related to children and you still would like to attend mediation then going alone can also help individuals with various areas of their lives.

Is mediation legally binding?

Mediation is not legally binding. However, at the end a mediation period a summary is drafted called a Memorandum of Understanding and a Open Financial Summary. What this means is both documents can be used by a solicitor to write up a consent order. That can be more costly as a solicitor is used for a small portion of the process in the mediation.

Do I still need to have a solicitor?

There are times when it would be recommended to have one, so you can receive the best form of legal advice. However, sometimes an agreement can be reached where further legal advice or intervention is not needed. If we feel during the mediation that we think legal advice would benefit the issue at hand, then we will advise to seek a solicitor.