Going through a separation or divorce can be an emotional and stressful time. What can often cause acrimony is deciding how the family assets are to be divided and the arrangements for any children.
What is family mediation?
Mediation is a process where a professionally trained, impartial mediator assists both parties to reach an agreement together.
Since 2011 most couples are now obliged to meet at least once with a mediator before making an application to the court to a determine a financial settlement.
What are the benefits for you?
Because you and your partner are helped to reach a settlement together, it is usually a less divisive process and the outcome is generally more acceptable to both parties.
It is not a binding process, which means that if you start the process but decide it is not working for you, you are not obliged to continue with mediation.
How does it work?
You and your partner would both meet a mediator who would provide you with a structured, supportive framework and a neutral and non-threatening environment.
By discussing the issues together and working to your pace, the mediator will assist you both in reaching an agreement which is acceptable to you both.
How can I be sure that my interests are protected?
A meditator will not take sides.
You will need to take independent legal advice on the agreement reached.
Telephone (0800 037 1625) or contact any of our specialist family lawyers to discuss mediation and whether it is right for you.
You can access any of our lawyers at any of our offices spread throughout Surrey, Hampshire and Greater London including Kingston upon Thames, Bordon, Cheam, Canary Wharf, Leatherhead, Raynes Park, Surbiton, Tolworth or Walton on Thames.