What exactly happens during mediation?
Mediators will help deal with conflicts over all issues faced by splitting couples. This often concentrates on specific difficulties such as arrangements for any children, but will cover all problems faced by a separating couple. A mediator will meet with you and your partner together and will discover those issues you can’t agree on and assist you to try and reach agreement.
Should i obtain legal advice separately from that given by my mediator?
Mediators are neutral and will not take sides, so they are not able to give advice to either of you. They will usually propose that you obtain legal advice alongside the mediation process and will direct you as to when this should occur. Whilst Resolution trained lawyer mediators will provide basic legal information to both of you within the mediation if this is appropriate, it is best to seek your own advice outside of mediation. Here at BLJ we always advice our clients to seek the advice of another solicitor in Liverpool if we are responsible for their mediation.
How do i get the process started?
Not everyone is ready for mediation at the same phase in separating, so the mediator needs to find out whether it’s suitable for both of you. In April 2011, a new prerequisite was introduced stating that anybody wanting to go to court should attend a meeting (called a MIAM) with a qualified mediator to discover more about mediation and other non-court options. We offer this at BLJ solicitors in Liverpool.
How long will it take?
Each couple is unique and some take longer than others to reach an understanding. It’s not unheard for mediation to take a few years and, of course, there is the possibility that mediation fails and a court is required. However in most cases it should take considerably less time than this. Once you have proposals you both find appropriate the mediator will prepare a directory of them together with a summary of the financial details. Your solicitor will then alter the summary into a legally binding document and oversee any necessary implementation. face to face mediation