Family mediation is a voluntary, consensual process that is usually 20-50% less expensive than litigation. It is also much less distressing and quicker. The outcome is determined by the parties themselves, not by a judge.
A specialised Family mediator will help you find solutions that are best for everyone involved. It can be completed in a single day or in a series of sessions over a time period that you and your ex-partner agree upon. During mediation, you may choose to sit in separate rooms and the mediator will go back and forth between you to allow you to communicate freely. All conversations are confidential and everything said during a Family mediation is private.
During a mediation session, the mediator will help you discuss issues and look at your concerns. The goal is to promote communication and understanding. The mediator will encourage both sides to consider what is in the best interests of the children. The mediator will also encourage both parties to work towards a solution.
If an agreement is reached, the mediator will create a ‘memorandum of understanding’, which will be signed by you both. This is often done by the end of your mediation session. It can take longer if you decide that additional information needs to be gathered or if it is necessary to look at other options not discussed during the session.
It is important to prepare for a mediation session. It is recommended to bring pre-written notes about what you want to say, along with any relevant documents with you to your meeting. It is also a good idea to get plenty of sleep the night before your mediation so you can focus during the session. https://derby.lakesmediation.co.uk/