A typical divorce settlement through the court system can take more than a year to negotiate.
Mediation is a way of resolving difficulties through joint meetings with the help of a legally trained, impartial mediator.
Family mediation can save you time and money whilst reducing emotional distress. It also allows you to make decisions rather than having them imposed upon you by a court.
Any agreement made through family mediation becomes legally binding after the court has considered and approved the application and granted a Consent Order.
If you are seeking a legally trained and accredited mediator with lots of experience to help resolve a family dispute, please contact us to arrange a confidential discussion about your case.
“Mediation does not result in a determinative adjudication, but is perhaps best described as a form of facilitated negotiation where a neutral third party guides the parties to their own solution. Mediation can be used in a wide range of disputes, and in many cases produces an outcome which would not have been possible through the strict application of the law” The Woolf report (1996) (ch 18, para 11).
What are the benefits?
- Gives you more say about what happens
- In court a judge will make the decisions. With mediation you and the other party make the decisions.
- Is less stressful, with less conflict between you and your partner. If you have children it is less upsetting for them. It can help find ways for everyone involved to get on better in the future.
- Improves communication and helps you sort out your future.
- Agreements can be reviewed and changed if you both agree – e.g. if your situation changes, and as your children get older and have different needs.
- Is easier on your children when parents co-operate and helps them continue important family relationships.
- Is quicker, cheaper and provides a better way to sort out disagreements than long drawn-out court battles – helping you to get on with the rest of your life as quickly as possible.