Mediation is a form of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) whereby a mediator helps the parties identify the issues in dispute with the aim of them reaching an agreement.
Family mediation can help you sort out arrangements for the children, property, finance and other important matters. It is much quicker, less stressful and usually cheaper than heading straight to the court.
In most cases, there is a requirement that parties have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before going to court, unless there are exemption reasons, for example, the requirement does not apply in cases of domestic violence. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on how to reach agreements without going to court and assess whether mediation is an appropriate way to try and sort out any disagreements.
We can provide advice on whether mediation is appropriate in your case and guide you through the process.