There are various different ways an agreement can be reached in respect of the division of matrimonial assets on divorce, dissolution or separation, and also arrangements regarding children. One method of alternative dispute resolution which is becoming increasingly popular is mediation. Mediation is a process whereby individuals sit down with a qualified family mediator in an attempt to reach an outcome that works for their situation.
The first stage of mediation is an initial meeting called a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Our mediator and Head of the Family team, Monicka Rai, will meet with each individual separately to listen to an outline of the issues and assess whether mediation is the appropriate way forward. If mediation is deemed to be suitable, our mediator will then arrange the first joint mediation session which will be attended by both individuals. At this stage, discussions can begin, which will be guided by our mediator, who is a neutral third party. It can generally take in the region of three to six sessions to reach an outcome.
Once mediation has concluded and an outcome reached, Monicka will draw up a document called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will detail the outcome reached.
Mediation is often a less expensive process than negotiations through solicitors or Court proceedings. It can aid individuals in communicating better with each other and can lead to an agreed solution with as little animosity as possible.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of mediation further, please contact our Head of Family, Monicka Rai at email@example.com or on 01296 747 151. Monicka is a qualified mediator and will be able to assist with any queries you may have or the booking of a MIAM.