As the family Courts struggle with their busiest time of year, following on from the festive break, we focus on an alternative to Court Proceedings. Below is a quick Family Mediation Q&A by the Family Mediation Team at Ringrose Law

What is Family Mediation?

Family mediation is a way of helping families to reach following a separation or divorce. This includes custody of children, financial agreements and matters surrounding the family home. The Mediation process gives you a safe environment within which to negotiate which can be less stressful than going to Court.

How does Mediation work?

The Process of Mediation involves you as a couple, you negotiate your own decisions face to face, with the help of a Mediator on issues arising from the breakdown of a marriage or relationship. Including decisions about separation or divorce, financial support, housing & property and arrangements for the care of children.

What is a MIAM?

A Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is a meeting with a specially qualified family mediator, who will explain to you the alternatives to the court process.

The purpose of the meeting is to give you an opportunity to find out whether going to court would be the best way of resolving the issues and whether mediation could be an effective alternative.

What is the role of the Mediator?

The Mediator will not give advice, make decisions for you or act as a Counsellor. They will;

  • Be independent and impartial.
  • Help resolve conflict and work towards reaching joint solutions.
  • Provide useful information to help you reach informed decisions.
  • Help you achieve an outcome that is best for you and your family

The process can produce an outcome that you tailor to your own family rather than having an outcome imposed upon you by the Court.

Is Family Mediation Expensive?

Most Mediation costs are fixed costs so you know exactly what you will be paying from the start of the process.

Family Mediation is often cheaper than going to the Family Courts. If you have a low income you may be entitled to legal aid – the Family Mediator can help with this.

What is the next step?

Contact a Family Mediator for further information and advice to find out if Family Mediation is right for you. Emma McGrath is the Family Mediator at Ringrose Law, contact 01205 311511 or email wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk

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