Solicitor-led family law Mediation Reading

In 2021, the government made the announcement that, for a limited time only, it would pay £500 toward the cost of Mediation Reading services that would be utilised by separated spouses who were unable to agree on the arrangements for their children, property, and finances. It was stated on April 1st, 2022 that this programme will be continued for a longer period of time; however, the exact length of this continuation is not yet known. It seems that the backlog in the family courts caused by the epidemic was the primary incentive for the administration to take this action. Because Mediation Reading can help parents communicate, it makes it more likely that they will be able to resolve issues as they come up in the future and is, therefore, a positive initiative in our eyes at Solent Family Mediation. Mediation Reading can often produce results that are far superior to those produced by court intervention. This is because mediation can help parents reach decisions about their family jointly.

Protracted Holdups in Court

Even before the epidemic, there were frequently delays in the family courts, and the virus has just made an already problematic situation even worse. When a couple is going through the process of divorce, there is sometimes a period of time known as “limbo,” during which they are unable to make plans for the future or move on because they have not yet reached an agreement over their assets and the care of their children. Court delays only serve to lengthen this period of “limbo,” but the additional wait time may not be necessary if both parties are willing to participate in the Mediation Reading process.

What exactly is the process of mediation?

By having a neutral third party (the mediator) conduct conversations between members of a family that has been divided or is in the process of becoming separated, mediation is a productive technique to assist families in opening channels of contact with one another.

When Mediation Reading is successful, it is both faster and less expensive than requesting a court to intervene and make judgments for the parties involved. When contrasted with the anxiety caused by the court processes and the effect they have on the families concerned, the savings in both money and time may not seem like such a big deal.

However, depending on the approach that is taken, this can sometimes cause further deterioration in the relationship between the parents. In general, solicitor-led negotiation involves letters being sent back and forth between the parties, with each solicitor attempting to negotiate the “best” deal for their client. When an issue is brought before the court, the judge may force a resolution on the parties that none of them desire, which might lead to greater conflict in the future. The pair retains control during the Mediation Reading process.

The divorcing couple is allowed to sit down together during the Mediation Reading process to talk about potential solutions, as well as to voice their issues and complaints in an atmosphere that is under supervision. It may take one session or several sessions to come to an agreement; however, if both parties have been listened to, actively involved in the discussion, and consented to the final agreement, it is more likely to work in the longer term and result in an improvement in communication. The number of sessions required to come to an agreement may vary.

The Process of Choosing a Mediator

It is essential to employ a mediator who is both skilled and experienced in the conflict resolution process. Mediation conducted by a solicitor is something that we at Solent Family Mediation Reading highly encourage, particularly when discussing the terms of a divorce, for a number of different reasons. If you go with a lawyer who has years of experience in negotiating family law settlements, he or she will have counselled hundreds of clients over the years and will be able to suggest possible compromises and solutions to complement the discussions. If you go with a lawyer who has years of experience in negotiating divorce settlements, he or she will have counselled hundreds of clients over the years They are also aware of exactly what information has to be given, discussed, and agreed upon in order for an official agreement, also known as the Consent Order, to be produced and finalised. This sets them apart from the majority of mediators, who are not legally certified. Nothing is more disheartening (and we have seen it happen), than for the mediation process to come to a successful conclusion, only for the agreement to be rejected by legal experts because it does not adequately address crucial problems.

Where do we even begin?

The initial meeting is called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, or MIAM for short. During this meeting, a qualified mediator will speak with both you and your ex-spouse separately at first, and then together. If you and your partner are interested in moving forward with family Mediation Reading and the mediator believes that mediation is appropriate in your situation, the next step is to discuss scheduling a joint mediation session in order to take the initial step toward reaching an agreement that will assist both parties in moving on with their lives.

For more information, please contact us on 0238 161 1051

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