Mediation – Frequently Asked Questions

mediationHow do I know if Mediation can help?
We offer a free initial telephone conversation when we can discuss whether and how Mediation may help in your particular situation.  By making an initial enquiry you do not commit in any way to the Mediation process.

Is Mediation a recognised process?
Mediation has a standard procedure which aims to achieve a written agreement between the parties.  Mediators have undergone a recognised form of training and Mediation is encouraged by both the Government and the Courts as a more constructive, cheaper and quicker process for dispute resolution.

How long will it take?
The Mediator will go at your pace.  The process may raise other issues that you and your partner may wish to discuss.  This is your process, you are in control and you can determine how long or how little time you spend in mediation.  The costs of each session are fixed at the outset so you know exactly how much you are spending at any particular time.

Do I have to go to Court?
No, if Mediation is successful you and your partner will reach an agreement which can be filed with the Court without anyone having to attend.  You would only have to go to Court if Mediation breaks down and there is no other way to resolve your particular problem.

Are there any particular rules?
Mediation has a structure and a process and in particular each party will be given a document called “An Agreement to Mediate” which you must read carefully, agree to and sign.  This governs how the Mediation takes place and deals with aspects such as confidentiality, full disclosure of your financial situation and full transparency will all communication.

How much will it cost?
The cost of each session is fixed at £100.00 per person, per hour.  Most sessions last one and a half hours.  Generally you will need between 2 and 4 sessions, but you can choose to have further sessions if appropriate.

What is a MIAMS?

If you want to make an application to court in relation to finances or your children, you will first of all have to see a mediator for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMS). This is an opportunity for you to find out more about mediation, how it may help to resolve your issues without the expense and time delays of going to court, and how mediation can be a much more positive and constructive way of resolving disputes.

Can we bring issues to discuss, or is this decided by the Mediator?
As already stated this is your process.  If there are particular issues that you want to discuss whether it be children, pets, other relatives or whatever if both parties wish these to be raised in mediation then the mediator will deal with them.

How often do we meet?
Again the timing is under your control.  But at some stage you will each have to produce full details of your financial situation.  It may take a while to obtain details of pensions or life policies and so the Mediation sessions are booked at appropriate time periods to enable you both to gather this information.

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