How Does Mediation Work?


The first meeting or Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

The first step in the mediation process is to arrange an initial meeting with one of our mediators. You will usually attend this meeting separately from your ex- partner. This will enable you to find out about the mediation process and ensure that it is appropriate in your particular case. If your case is not suitable for mediation then this meeting will constitute a MIAM, which is generally required before a party can start court proceedings in relation to a child related or financial claim on divorce.

It is a good idea to contact us as soon as you have decided to split up so that we can help you sort out the arrangements and give you expert guidance and support through what can be a very difficult time in your life, and the lives of your children.


End of mediation

At the end of mediation, our mediators will record in detail all of your proposals in a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ and will set out details of your financial affairs in an Open Financial Statement. The arrangements can be made legally binding by a court.

Subsequent mediation sessions

Once you and your ex-partner have decided that you want to mediate you will both attend mediation sessions together. These meetings will be arranged at a time to suit you. Our mediators, who act as completely neutral third parties, will help you to have constructive discussions with your ex partner. Together with our mediator, you will explore your options and reality check which will work best for you in practice.

Although mediation does not involve the courts it is conducted within the framework of the law.

Meetings usually last between 1 ½ – 2 hours, but longer sessions can be arranged, and the sessions will be tailored to meet your needs.

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