Time, money and stress can be minimized by resolving issues via mediation. In addition, you are in control of the process. It is up to you both to decide what to discuss in mediation and how to come to an arrangement that is acceptable to you both.
Mediation is voluntary. However, you cannot apply to the court to decide family issues without attending a session with a Mediator, called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM for short). This meeting shows that you have considered mediation as an option to resolve your dispute. For further information, see MIAMs and the Law.
The proposals reached by you both will be recorded by the Mediator in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU can be used to draw up a legally binding agreement with the assistance of a solicitor. As all the hard work has been done by you in mediation, this stage should be quick and painless.
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WHAT IS FAMILY MEDIATION?
Family mediation assists couples to resolve issues following relationship breakdown.
Issues may relate to children or property and finances.