Divorce or separation can be an extremely tense time in a family. If your relationship with your spouse or partner has broken down, you might find it very difficult to come to an agreement over finances, child arrangements and a number of other issues. In these circumstances, you may think that going to court is your only option. However, it’s important to realise that there is an alternative. Family mediation offers you a way to overcome your differences and reach an amicable arrangement without the hassle, stress and expense of litigation.
At The Law House, we’re experts in family mediation and are perfectly placed to guide you through this process and help you reach the best possible outcome.
What is family mediation?
An alternative to court proceedings, family mediation is a process that’s used to help separating couples resolve their differences when it comes to dividing their finances and assets, and agreeing child arrangements. It’s facilitated by an expert third party mediator who remains neutral throughout.
Mediation can be beneficial for any separating couples, except in cases that involve domestic violence. You should bear in mind that even if you want to apply to a court to resolve your case, the judge will expect you to have considered using mediation before you began litigation. Until you’ve taken this step, the judge may not be willing to hear your case.
What are the benefits?
Family mediation is associated with a wide range of benefits. For example, it’s a significantly cheaper and often much quicker way to resolve disagreements. It’s also less stressful than court proceedings, which can be highly confrontational and cause tensions between you and your ex to escalate.
This process also gives you and your former partner greater control over the ways in which your issues are resolved. The mediator you use will strive to find solutions that work for both parties. In addition, unlike with litigation, the agreements you reach can be altered in the future if your circumstances change.
Importantly, mediation tends to be less upsetting and damaging to any children involved, and the mediator will talk to your children to make sure that their feelings and wishes are taken into account throughout the process.
How does it work?
Either party involved in a separation can contact a mediator, or you can do this together with your ex. You can either get in touch with a mediator directly or do so through a solicitor. Once you’ve taken this step, an initial meeting will be arranged during which you’ll outline the issues you wish to resolve and decide whether mediation is the right approach to achieve this.
If you decide to proceed and you and your ex reach an agreement through mediation, your solicitor can draft a consent order for a court to approve in order to make the arrangement legally binding.
How can The Law House help?
Mediators must remain neutral throughout the process, meaning they aren’t able to provide partial advice either to you or your former partner. So, to help you protect your interests, it’s wise to enlist the help of an expert family law solicitor. At The Law House, we have extensive experience in these cases and will guide you through each stage, ensuring you take the right actions and understand what is happening at all times.
We know that separations can be extremely emotional and difficult, and our experts will deal with your case with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism, minimising the stress and upset you experience. We’ll also ensure you achieve the best possible resolution for you and your family.
If you’d like to discover more about how we can help you with family mediation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our family law specialists on 020 3150 2525.