Divorce mediation and dispute resolution

Our professional mediation service can help you reach an agreement with your former partner on issues surrounding divorce, separation, children and finances.

Deborah Hargreaves, Cambridge

What is mediation?

Mediation is when an independent and professionally trained mediator helps you work out an agreement with your former partner about issues such as: 

  • Childcare arrangements
  • Finances- including pensions, dividing your assets and financial support
  • Houses and property – such as your family home, or buy to let investments 

What are the benefits of mediation? 

There are many benefits to mediation and for many couples it promotes an amicable end to the relationship.

With mediation you have more control, you can decide what is important and what needs to be discussed with solicitors. The deadlines and timetables are also completely defined by you, giving you a more flexible approach.

The final decisions are made by you rather than for you. If you go to court to sort out your issues a judge will make the decisions, which will then be imposed whether you like them or not.

It is often faster and cheaper than other options. Resolving matters through the courts or solicitors can take months, whereas mediation can take weeks meaning it is often a more cost-effective option. 

How does divorce mediation work?

In the first session known as a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) you will have an opportunity to meet the mediator individually and the process will be explained to you.

After you have both attended an individual meeting, there will be a first joint meeting with the mediator.  They will then get you and your partner to talk in a constructive way, and encourage you to start looking at options and ideas. In this way they are often able to help you find a workable solution, and one that can become part of a legal document.

What to do next 

If you need legal advice about your divorce and mediation, or a related issue, give us a call. A dedicated family law solicitor will outline your options and tell you how we can help.

Come in and see us for a FREE 30 minute face-to-face consultation about your options. Alternatively, if you want us to take a closer look at your situation, for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT, we can talk with you for up to 90 minutes.

Call our Family and Divorce Law solicitors on 0800 013 1165

For a free initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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