Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process, that enables those who are separated or divorcing to work with a family mediator who acts impartial, to help them to make their own informed decisions regarding their future finances and or child arrangements.
Mediation is not an ‘easy’ option, although it is often considered to be a ‘better way’. The process can result in a quicker outcome and is significantly less in terms of costs, than court proceedings. It enables the parties, with the help of a professionally trained Mediator, to discuss the issues constructively, and reach a mutually acceptable outcome allowing them therefore to still feel in control of what happens in the future. Mediation is an alternative, to issuing Court proceedings.
If you want to consider mediation you must firstly attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). These meetings are also compulsory, in most situations, before issuing an application at Court as you have to demonstrate that you have considered the mediation process.
A ‘MIAM’ is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for the Mediator to:
If after the MIAM, mediation is considered suitable and the party attending indicates they would like to mediate, the Mediator will then contact the other party, to invite them to also attend a separate MIAM. As Mediation is a voluntary process, both parties need to be willing to engage.
Court proceedings are often the last resort, but if one party is not willing to mediate, after attending a MIAM, a certificate can be issued upon request to confirm they have attended a MIAM which will enable that person to make an application to Court. This can be for finances or for a child arrangements order (more commonly known as residence, contact, or child custody). This certificate is only valid for 4 months after issue.
*If you are in receipt of certain state benefits such as universal credit, employment support allowance or job seekers allowance you may qualify for legal aid. Contact us for more information
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