The mediator's role is to assist couples to discuss their problems together in an open and co-operative atmosphere, that allows balanced and productive discussion to take place.
The mediators establish ground rules so that each person can express their point of view. Each mediation session may last up to 1 and a half hours. Three or four sessions may be needed depending on the complexity of the issues involved in your situation, and the time needed to make important decisions.
Do you still need a Solicitor?
Mediators do not give legal advice and do not represent individuals. They are there to help both of you work out a plan for the future as a couple and/or as parents who will be leading separate lives.
When proposals are finalised by the couple, a summary is drawn up by the mediator(s) which each of the couple can then take to their own solicitor with whom it can be discussed and, if desired, made into a legally binding agreement. We encourage each client to seek advice from their own solicitor (free to those in receipt of legal aid for mediation) at any stage of the process should they wish to do so.
Will Mediation help you?
Mediation is not for everyone, nor is it a 'soft option'. To enable you to find out more about the mediation process, it is usual to have an 'intake' meeting with a mediator prior to mediation, either together as a couple or separately, as you choose. The purpose of an intake meeting is to provide you with further information, gather details about your circumstances and assess with you whether mediation would be helpful in your case. Solicitors are able to provide us with basic information about your situation in advance of such meetings by completing our referral form, with your assistance.