Family Mediation Explained
Family Mediation is a process of resolving legal issues, often in divorce, in a non-adversarial way. The process provides you with an opportunity to negotiate your own settlement on the assumption that the decision to separate and/or divorce has already been made. It is a civilised, cost effective and dignified alternative to what can often be extremely stressful and highly expensive, contested divorce proceedings, litigated via the County Court. Nobody wants to lose a job or a marriage, but there may be situations where it becomes inevitable.
There is commonly held misconception that Family Mediation embraces marriage guidance counselling, and is aimed at saving or preserving relationships, which is actually incorrect. For this reason alone, we provide you with two filmed examples of actors engaging in dramatic representation of mediation and or explaining common experiences of those who have gone through the mediation process.. We hope this makes it easier and simpler to understand the process of what mediation actually seeks to achieve, in terms of actually resolving the legal problems and allowing an opportunity to move forward.
In mediation, couples are helped to look for their own solution to their disputes and both can attend with our Family Mediator, to agree their own decisions as to how matters concerning the family assets and liabilities are best practically resolved. Family Mediation also deals with all decision- making concerning the welfare and all major decisions affecting the upbringing of the children. Aside from being friendly and cost effective, it is a lot easier for your children to cope with a divorce or relationship ending when their parents are able to work together to reach agreement in the best interests of the Family.
What Else Mediation can be used for:
*All financial disputes;
*Most civil disputes;
*Grandparents’ contact with grandchildren, and;
*Homelessness caused by family arguments
*It is non adversarial, you are both partners in the decisions;
*It is mutual, you must both agree or it doesn’t work;
*It empowers, you control the decisions over your life
*It is extremely cost effective
*It provides an amicable and agreed resolution
You emerge from these negotiations with a new sense of dignity and a clearer sense of self and what the future holds for you. You can place the past behind you and concentrate on the future.
It is again to be emphasised that the purpose of mediation is to assist in reaching a settlement. In mediation we cannot represent either party individually. We do of course represent you individually where you choose to solely instruct us as solicitors for your divorce.