What is family mediation?

The mediation process - dispute, litigation, communication, negotiation, closure

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution, in which an impartial person, the mediator, helps the opposing parties try to reach a practical agreement. If you and your spouse or ex-partner, for example, cannot agree on the terms of your divorce or separation – in areas such as financial settlements or the future care of your children – family mediation might well be your best way forward.

You usually attend sessions together, during which a qualified mediator provides you with information to try to help resolve arrangements as amicably and satisfactorily as possible. The discussions are confidential.

One of the many benefits of mediation is the fact the court is not involved in the decision-making process, although it does still approve financial settlements. You can still control what happens next. The mediator will guide you through the options but not give you legal advice.

With some exceptions (such as in cases of recent domestic violence), anyone wanting to apply to the court to resolve family issues concerning children or finances must first attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM), in which the mediator will explain what mediation can offer.

For many people, mediation is a far less painful, far less expensive and far more productive option than taking a dispute to court.

Whether you need a MIAM or you are already determined to pursue the benefits of mediation, Bespoke Mediation Service can help you. Get in touch now!