The majority of people going through a divorce would prefer to avoid the sometimes costly and time-consuming affair, of going to court in order to reach a financial settlement and decide on arrangements for any children involved.
Mediation is designed to help couples reach an agreement about these essential issues, without going to court with the guidance of mediation solicitors. We believe despite the re-conciliatory approach of mediation, it is wise to seek independent legal advice from mediation solicitors who special in divorce law. Mediation solicitors will be in a position to advice you before you commence mediation ensuing you are fully prepared.
In essence, mediation is a process during which you and your spouse meet with a mediator, with the aim of reaching an agreement about what will happen with regards to issues such as your finances and children, when you divorce.
The mediator is an impartial person, there to help with negotiations between you and your spouse. They do not take sides.
Their sole purpose is to help you reach an agreement that suits both parties. They can offer information about the law and legal processes but cannot offer legal advice.
Mediators are not there to help you and your spouse work out your differences with the aim of getting back together – they are not marriage counsellors.
One of the most positive things about the mediation process, is that it encourages couples to reach solutions together, rather than fighting against each other in a court room.
Although mediation can be stressful at times, it could help you to reach an agreement much more quickly and at a fraction of the cost of a long, drawn out court battle.
How many sessions you will need depends upon how complex your issues are and how long you take to resolve them.
Each session tends to be about an hour or two long. Some couples need just one meeting to reach an agreement, whereas for others it could take many more.
Mediation is often cheaper than the more traditional legal routes, such as solicitor to solicitor negotiation or collaborative law, as mediators often charge less per hour than solicitors.
You may be able to apply for Legal Aid to help with the costs of mediation. Head to the government website to find out more about Legal Aid and discover if you could be eligible.
It’s important for both you and your spouse to seek independent legal advice alongside mediation, in doing so you can speak to our expert mediation solicitors.
It’s worth noting that if you do qualify for Legal Aid, you may be able to access a free legal advice session before mediation.
If you do reach an agreement with your spouse during mediation, the mediator will write a Memorandum of Understanding for you to take to your solicitor, so that the agreement can be put into a legally binding court order.
It’s worth noting that on some occasions, such as if your divorce has an international element, mediation may not be appropriate, as it may be imperative to start court proceedings immediately.
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