Mediation is a voluntary process allowing a couple to discuss issues involved in the breakdown of a relationship and agree those issues between themselves without court proceedings.
At Lupton Fawcett, our lawyer mediators have helped many divorcing or separating couples come to amicable agreements about a whole range of matters without the need to involve the court.
If you wish to resolve disputes brought about by the ending of a relationship without attending court, contact our Yorkshire-based solicitors today to take advantage of mediation. Get in touch with our Leeds, Sheffield or York office by calling us on 0333 323 5292, by emailing us or by filling on our enquiry form and letting us know a suitable time to call you back.
What is Mediation?
Family mediation is a process in which an impartial professional assists those involved in family breakdown. Sessions allow the separating or divorcing couple to communicate better with one another without animosity.
In some cases, family court proceedings may not be started unless mediation has at least been attempted. This is known as a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) which will determine whether your case is suitable for mediation or should go to court. The aims of the meetings are:
- For a specially trained mediator to explain the mediation process to you;
- For you to find out more about mediation and ask questions;
For you and the mediator to decide if mediation might be a suitable way forward for you and your partner
- For you to decide if you wish to proceed with mediation
If mediation is suitable, your partner will be invited to join in - if you have any concerns about this, you should speak to your mediator or get in touch with us.
From then, a specially trained mediator will help you and your partner make informed decisions concerning some or all of the issues relating to the break up, including:
- Financial arrangements
- Property settlements
- Childcare arrangements
- Any other terms of a divorce or separation
Mediation allows you to keep control of the decisions which affect you and your family and can be cheaper than the alternatives, in particular court proceedings.
The family law team at Lupton Fawcett understands that every case is different when it comes to separation and divorce, which is why we decide on what the best action to take is based on your individual needs. As members of Resolution, our aim is to solve all family matters without anger and resentment, which is why we offer many other solutions to court proceedings, including mediation.
Our work with families has resulted in us receiving the Quality Mark and we are members of the Law Society’s Children Panel. You will deal with the same lawyer from the very start so you know who you need to speak for regular updates and answers to any questions or queries.
The Mediation Process
Once we receive a referral form we will contact you directly to arrange a mutually convenient date for you to meet with a mediator.
The initial MIAMs meeting will take place with you and the mediator alone but if your case is deemed suitable for mediation, your ex-partner will be involved in subsequent meetings. If you have concerns about attending a joint meeting with your ex-partner, this is something you should discuss with the mediator.
Circumstances Where Mediation is Unsuitable
In some circumstances, mediation is not a suitable solution to a relationship breakdown. Exemptions include:
- Allegations of domestic violence or another type of abuse
- Injunction proceedings have already taken place
- An emergency court application has been made
- The other party refuses to cooperate with mediation
- Child protection concerns
Our mediators can discuss with you whether any of the exemptions may apply for you, and discuss alternative options if mediation is not suitable.
Contact Us for Help
Mediation is often a successful way of resolving disputes while avoiding the costly bill of court proceedings. To speak to us about your case, contact our solicitors today using the details below.
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