When people separate, the costs and pressure of the legal process can add to stress and conflict at what is already a difficult time. Mediation is designed to avoid this, by helping people reach amicable solutions for themselves and their children and communicate more effectively with each other in the longer term.
Mediation involves a meeting or series of meetings when a mediator helps to identify the issues, explore solutions and facilitates discussions. The mediator is impartial and so is able to meet both parties together (although separate meetings are possible). Mediation is usually a cheaper and quicker process for clients than traditional family law.
Mediation is a voluntary process and before any joint meetings take place each person will attend a MIAM (meeting with the mediator on their own to explore whether mediation is suitable for them).
More information about mediation and MIAMs is available, please contact me for details.