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What is Mediation?

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This exchange of knowledge is free

During our initial conversation we will tell you, all need to know, about Mediation. This conversation can last up to 15 minutes and it is completely free.

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

A meeting called the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting commonly known as a MIAM is held giving you the opportunity to tell The Mediation People your story in your words. We know it sounds scary but please be reassured we will provide you with a safe and calm environment. Everything you share with us is confidential unless you tell us information that leads us to feel that you or someone in your care is in danger or at risk. In this unlikely event we would make you fully aware of our intended actions. This meeting will last up to 1 hour. If you are out of the area this meeting can be held over the internet using Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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Invitation to mediate is sent to the opposing party

Following your MIAM meeting we will make contact with your spouse, partner or the family member you are in dispute with, to invite them to take part in the process. We will fully explain what mediation is, how it works and the resolutions it delivers.

The Joint Mediation meeting

If Mediation is appropriate, because it would be of benefit to your situation, then we can move things forward. The next step is called a Joint Mediation meeting. This is where all parties will attend a meeting together. This meeting can last up to 2 hours. During this meeting The Mediation People will create a safe and secure environment with the aim of promoting thoughtful, honest and constructive conversation. At this meeting all parties will be asked to sign an Agreement to Mediate form.

Topics for discussed during Family Mediation

  • Agreement that the relationship is over
  • The sharing of future plans and hopes
  • Agreeing general child arrangements, including, residency and achievable parenting plan
  • A realistic plan of how absent family members will spend time with the children
  • Financial support for the children
  • The division of assets things like the family home and its contents
  • Residency of family pets

What happens when Mediation comes to an end?

When Mediation is concluded you may be require one of the following:

A C100 form - You will take this to your solicitor; it will be used to apply for a Child Arrangement Order (including amendments to existing orders).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - this is a summary of the solutions that have been agreed throughout your Mediation sessions. This is not a legally binding document, but it is your agreed line of action (remember Mediation is voluntary). If you are seeking a Consent Order we would recommend that you take this document to your solicitor as it will provide the information required. Using Mediation for this is cost effective because it considerably reduces the work required by your solicitor.

An Open Financial Statement - This is your agreed line of action for all things financial and it supports the financial information in your MOU. This is not a legally binding document due to Mediation being voluntary. We would recommend that you take this document to your solicitor as it contains the detail required to request a legally binding Court Order. Using Mediation for this is cost effective because it considerably reduces the work required by your solicitor.

Parenting Plan

The Mediation People can help you design an age appropriate Parenting Plan with the best interests of the child at its heart.

One that will work for you and your family. One that will work because it is what has been agreed, by you in mediation, and not imposed upon you by a court.

  • Your Parenting Plan may contain some of the following;
  • How co-parenting will work for you in your situation
  • How your child's time will be divided between the parents and a lasting solution to who spends time with the child on important days such as Christmas, Easter, Birthdays and Mother’s and Father’s Day
  • Visits to Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles
  • Authority to take your child on foreign holidays
  • Details of agreed financial support
  • How will you share important information and events that may affect your child
  • Agreed detail about your child’s education and religion.
  • Action that will be taken should your child fall ill.

All the small things that all too often get of hand can be agreed before the event giving you peace of mind.

Start your mediation journey

We can help you reach an amicable decision and move on to a better place in your lives.