Frequently asked questions
Here are the most common frequently asked questions, please take your time to look through them and see if they might help.
However, if you would still like help, please feel free to call us today on 02381 611051. This applies at anytime throughout the mediation.
Why attend mediation? Will it eventually help us get back together?
Mediation is only there for those couples who are already separated, or are in the middle of the process of divorcing. It offers you as an individual the chance to talk about and to help resolve issues that can arise from the breakdown of a relationship.
Should I be represented by my solicitor when I go through mediation?
Your solicitor is not required. Many individuals decide to attend mediation sessions on their own. To do so, please telephone us and we’ll take your details such as, your name, address and telephone number and also arrange an appointment that suits you.
Why should I attend mediation? Can I go through my solicitor instead?
You can go through your solicitor if you wish, however mediation is much less stressful. It helps you to make you own decisions about what is right for you. It also tends to be quicker and cheaper than going through your solicitor.
Is the other party going to be at this first meeting?
No, unless the letter you have received actually states differently. If a joint meeting is arranged and you would wish it different, please don’t hesitate to simply us and we will re-arrange your meeting.
How long is this first information meeting?
This initial meeting will only take about 20-30 minutes.
What is the cost of mediation?
The aim of this first meeting is to explain to you the mediation process and also outline the benefits to you. This appointment is also a chance to assess your individual eligibility for public funding and help with the cost. If you are eligible no charge will occur. However, if you are not eligible then the charges specific to you will be explained. A payslip will be needed as proof if you wish to be considered for public funding.
Once I have attended this initial information meeting, do I have to attend mediation?
No, not at all. Mediation is a voluntary process and if you do not wish to continue, please just tell the mediator or administrator and your file with us will be closed.
Do I attend full mediation on my own?
No. Mediation has to involve both parties and a mediator to discuss any family issues that need to be settled.
How long does the overall process take?
Mediation will be arranged as soon as possible after the information meetings. Further mediation sessions will be arranged at a time-scale to suit you both. The sessions take between 1 to 2 hours.
Is the mediation legally binding?
No, however the summary finalised by the mediator can be given to your solicitor to be incorporated into a court order.
What is household mediation?
Family mediation is a way of helping families to reach agreements regarding what need to happen concerning separation or divorce. It is an increasingly popular choice to asking the court to choose concerning family members issues.
In household mediation, you typically negotiate in person with your companion concerning setups that need to be created the future, with the help of one or two neutral third parties– the mediator or mediators.
Just how family members mediation different from the various other choices?
Unlike going to court or settlement, family mediation acknowledges that you are the specialists about your very own family and leaves the decision-making to you.
Unlike working out through your lawyers, family members mediation enables you to talk directly to each other to ensure that you can both explain what you are really feeling as well as what is most important to you. It likewise lets you concentrate on the important things that really matter to you as a family.
What happens if my ex does not want to moderate?
It can be a challenge if your ex-spouse does not wish to try mediation to reach a settlement when you’re dividing. It’s challenging in the warmth of a conflict to think about attempting to bargain with each other to get points arranged.
It can appear less complicated to try to activate a lawful battle that is eventually going to be far more pricey, extra stressful as well as take much, much longer. But mediation can only work when both individuals consent to go to.
If your ex-partner will not at first consent to moderate you can try asking to go to an appointment by themselves to start with. This can help prevent the tensions of facing each other. Your ex lover can after that figure out just how everything jobs and make an educated choice concerning if it is right for them since they’ll have more details.
The majority of people are naturally fairly anxious prior to they begin mediation, however the substantial majority of those that do proceed and try it are considerably eased that they did. They are usually additionally surprised at the means they were able to finally make agreements as well as choices on things that had formerly felt it would be impossible to sort.
What Happens Before the Family Mediation Process Begins?
When you have actually chosen to go forward with Family Mediation, We would need to meet you independently; this is called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, (MIAM).
During our meeting, we will figure out if household mediation will aid to resolve your family disagreements. We will certainly additionally explain in more detail what family members mediation is, so you have an understanding of the procedure and also advantages of household mediation.
If family members mediation is not right your circumstance we will give you info about other opportunities and services that you might discover helpful based upon our experience and also know-how. Together with this, we would certainly also analyze to see if you’re qualified to get family members mediation on a Publicly Funded basis or if you would have to pay privately.
What are the advantages of mediation?
You will certainly make the decisions. You, the individuals included, are the ones who know your youngsters and also household best. You don’t need to leave it to an unfamiliar person in a court to tell you just how your family members will work or just how you will certainly be increasing your youngsters.
Mediation is a lot more economical than dealing with in court.
Mediation is a lot less stressful than fighting in court.
Mediation is much faster than functioning your means through the many complex steps of lawsuits.
Do I have to participate in mediation conferences with my husband/wife/partner
A lot of mediation entails the separated pair satisfying the mediator with each other. Nevertheless, if you would favour not to we can arrange for the mediator to meet you independently– either at different times or in different spaces. This is called shuttle mediation.
Can I go to complete mediation on my very own?
No. Mediation is a two-way process that includes both parties and a mediator(s) reviewing any one of the family members concerns that need to be worked out.
Is Mediation Confidential?
Yes, nevertheless, if you or any other person is at risk of significant injury we may be required to notify the pertinent authorities. Mediators also have a lawful obligation to report any type of believed fraud, such as benefit fraudulence, tax evasion, undeclared income or money laundering.
What is a MIAM?
A MIAM is a Mediation Information as well as Assessment Meeting. It is the very first meeting in between a customer and also Family Mediator, and also the objective of the conference is for the Mediator to discover out what the client desires to settle and also to describe exactly how the Mediation procedure functions.
Exactly how do I recognize the Mediation process will be fair as well as the mediator will be objective?
Mediators are trained to be neutral and also unbiased. Their duty is not to make judgements regarding that is right or incorrect, yet to help both parties pertain to an agreement which benefits them. The co-mediation version helps us ensure impartiality.
Just how is mediation various from mediation?
Mediation includes a neutral third party hearing your dispute and making a decision or judgement regarding it. In Mediation we do not issue reasonings or make decisions for you. We allow you to work out with each other as well as come up with an arrangement which works for you both.