Family Mediation – FAQ’s

Can Family Mediation help me ?

Family Mediation is a process that allows you to consider things that are important to you in a way that works. Both you and your partner or spouse are assisted and guided in your discussions whether in relation to arrangements for children, divorce or separation and financial settlement. You and your partner who are in control of the outcome of your discussions or the arrangements for your children. A solution is not being imposed upon you by a Judge. Discussions are often difficult and the mediator’s job is to help you both listen to each other, not interrupt each other. They will help you to stop the types of conversations that go round in circles and look at how to get past what seem to be insurmountable obstacles.

Mediation can help you with many issues:

• Pre Nuptial Agreements – financial arrangements before you get married

• Post Nuptial Agreements – financial arrangements during your marriage

• Bringing your relationship to an end in a constructive manner

• Agreeing arrangements for your children upon your separation or divorce

• Dividing your assets and income in a fair way on your separation or divorce

What is involved in Mediation?

Mediation involves a trained mediator who can assist you in considering what the relevant matters are that are needed to assist you resolve your particular issues. There are likely to be at least 2 joint meetings although matters can be resolved in one meeting if there are limited matters to discuss and agree.

Do I need a solicitor if I am going to Mediation?

You should seek legal advice in conjunction with Mediation, that is, before, during and after. If you reach an agreement in Mediation then the Mediator will usually draw up a document known as a Memorandum of Understanding. You would usually take this document to your solicitor for advice and, where appropriate, a formal and binding document is drawn up for you.

What can you mediate about?

You can mediate about pretty much anything that impacts upon you and your family. This can include:

• Arrangements for your children or grandchildren

• Maintenance payments

• Pre Marriage Agreements

• Living Together Agreements

• Divorce

• Separation

• Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

• Sharing your Assets and Debts