Can my partner come to mediation with me?

By Solent Family Mediation |
August 18, 2021

Can my new partner come to family mediation?

Your initial meeting, also known as a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting, will likely just involve you and the mediator unless you and the mediator agree otherwise. You and your ex-spouse should not bring new partners to the mediation session, since doing so could impede your efforts to reach an agreement and increase tensions between you. If you and your ex-spouse are both uncomfortable with the idea of attending mediation together, you might discuss the possibility of shuttle mediation with your mediator.

Are grandparents permitted to attend family mediation?’

Yes, grandparents are permitted to participate in family mediation. Although family mediation is typically used by you and your ex partner seeking assistance with divorce and separation, grandparents may find themselves in need of mediation as a result of a divorce or separation.

  • Grandparents can participate in family mediation for a variety of reasons, such as:
  • Establishing a relationship with their grandchild(ren)
  • Concerned about their grandchild(ren)’s/welfare grandchildren’s and well-being
  • Attempting to reconnect with the parents of their grandchild/grandchildren.

Why think about family mediation?

  • It enables you and your partner to handle the repercussions of your separation by yourself terms rather than handing control over to a judge
  • It assists you communicate more effectively during and after your divorce
  • It’s economical, specifically when compared to going to court

How does it work?

  • There are a variety of mediation strategies. Generally, you meet with the mediator as a couple without attorneys present, although attorney-assisted mediation is an alternative. Some licenced mediators can meet with children, allowing you to incorporate their perspectives into the discussion.
  • Mediators manage the process and assistance guide your discussions with your partner by determining and exploring any problems to give you the best possibility of concurring whatever
  • Mediators are neutral. They can not offer legal suggestions, however can describe what’s legally possible and how other couples may have dealt with things in comparable scenarios
  • The mediator creates a summary (usually referred to as a “Memorandum of Understanding”), which is non-binding until you have had the chance to seek independent legal counsel. Your attorney may need to submit a formal order for court approval in order to give the arrangement legal force.

Our experience

Numerous couples find mediation to be a highly effective and economical solution. Prior to filing a court application, you are often required to attend a Mediation Details and Evaluation Meeting (MIAM) to investigate mediation and other out-of-court options, with certain exceptions (such as where domestic abuse makes it unsafe).

Whether we are acting as mediators or guiding you through the process as independent consultants, we firmly believe that mediation can be successful in even the most complex and seemingly intractable cases with you and your ex partner.

There are a variety of models for mediation. Typically, you meet with the mediator as a couple without attorneys present, although attorney-assisted mediation is an option. Some mediators are qualified to meet with children in order to incorporate their perspectives into your discussions with your ex partner.

Numerous couples view mediation as a cost-effective and efficient solution. Generally, you are expected to attend a Mediation Information and Evaluation Meeting (MIAM) to investigate mediation and other out-of-court options prior to filing a court application, with limited exceptions (such as when it is unsafe due to domestic abuse).

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