If you are thinking about mediation and are not sure what it’s about, we’re here to help you. Mediation is a process that helps people sort out the issues that often arise as a result of the breakdown of a relationship. This might include dealing with arrangements for children, reaching a financial settlement and improving communication. It is different from going to court or using a solicitor to negotiate on your behalf.
There are some unique features to mediation:
It is voluntary – once you’ve attended a confidential information and assessment meeting, it’s entirely up to you to choose if you want to go ahead.
It is confidential – this means you agree to keep the discussions private. This will help you to be more creative in working out options because you know that any idea and possible solution is not legally binding until you are ready to take this step, generally after having had advice from a solicitor.
It is impartial – the mediator will remain neutral and not take sides. This is why the mediator cannot give you any legal advice, but can provide legal information.
It is your solution – you stay in control of the outcome at all times. You will not be made to do anything that you don’t agree to, which is different from what might happen at court.