What is Family Mediation?
Fishers Dewes Solicitors are expert family mediators in Ashby de la Zouch and Tamworth. Family mediation is a way to resolve family disputes, usually related to finances or children, when getting a divorce or separation without having to involve the courts.
It is usually less expensive than involving the courts and less stressful for all involved. When getting a divorce, you are required to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM), although this is to raise awareness of mediation rather than imposing it. Most of the time, mediation is quick and easy, requiring only hand handful of 1.5 hour sessions. If you think that you would benefit from mediation, contact our expert mediators in Tamworth or Ashby de la Zouch today.
Reducing the Stress of Divorce
It is well known that divorce is one of the most stressful life events. Any technique which can help to ease the process should be welcomed as a way of relieving all parties involved from the stresses and strains at this difficult time. The Fishers Dewes Family Mediation team is highly experienced in managing mediation, helping to reach agreements and drawing up documentation to implement any necessary legal frameworks. The great thing about mediation is that it allows the parties involved to make their own decisions rather than having a decision imposed upon them by a judge. So the ensuing agreements are generally more favourable and it’s likely they will last longer.
Is Mediation the Same as Counselling?
Family mediation is different than counselling in that mediation is designed for couples who have already decided that they want a divorce or separation and just want to work out the best way to divide their assets and issues related to children. A family mediator is not a counsellor and the mediation process is not for couples who wish to reconcile.
How Does the Mediation Process Work?
A family mediator will work with both you and your partner to resolve any issues related to finances, children or assets that you cannot agree on. The family mediator works for both parties and does not take sides so that you can find a solution that works for you and your partner.
What are the Stages of the Process?
The Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting
The family mediator will work with you to find out if family mediation will work for you and your partner. You can attend the meeting alone if you wish and the mediator will try to contact your partner to see if they agree to the mediation.
Deciding on the Details
Once both parties have agreed to mediation, the family mediator will work with you both to decide on the details of the agreement and resolve conflicts related to finances, children and assets.
Finalising the Agreement
If you are both able to agree on the details, then the details of the agreement will be sent to both you and your partner to discuss with each of your divorce solicitors, this is because a family mediator is not allowed to provide legal advice to either party.
The divorce solicitors will then create a document that is legally binding for both parties to agree to.
Get in Touch with a Specialist
If you think a mediation process could help with your separation and would like further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of the Fishers Dewes Family Mediation team in Ashby de la Zouch or Tamworth. Alternatively, you can fill out our enquiry form and one of our mediation experts will get back to you. One of our legal experts will be happy to explain the process and discuss any costs involved.