Divorce Mediation

The Mediation Referral Process

How Does The Mediation Referral Process Work?

  • If you are contacting Ringrose Mediation in Family Law Family Mediation Service direct and believe that the other person will agree to take part in the process, please complete a Mediation Referral Form and we will contact you to arrange a preliminary appointment.
  • If you would prefer to meet the Mediator before the other party is contacted so that you can find out more about the process, you may do so. The Mediation Referral Form should indicate this and we will then contact you to arrange an appointment. We will send you a letter to confirm the appointment and tell you what you need to bring along for our first meeting.
  • Otherwise you need to wait to see if the other party will agree to an assessment. They will be sent a letter and given a short deadline to respond (10 working days from the date of the referral).
  • If the other party will attend then we will let you know. If you have asked on the form to have a separate date from the other party then we will arrange this. We will confirm the date and time of your appointment.

How do you begin the Mediation in Family Law Process?

Ringrose Mediation in Family Law Family Mediation Service can help in a couple of ways:

Are you referring yourself for Mediation?

If you would like to refer yourself and the other party, please read our information about how to begin Mediation. You can also complete a Mediation Referral Form.

Are you a Solicitor referring a client for Mediation?

If so, you can complete a Mediation Referral Form. You may also find it helpful to find out about our Mediation Information Assessment Meetings MIAMs.

We can help

For further information on the Mediation Referral Process please contact your nearest Ringrose Law Office. We have offices in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Spalding, Sleaford or Newark.

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Further Information


If you are hoping to resolve your problems through Solicitor negotiations, Collaborative Law or Mediation, you do not have to attend a MIAM.

You only need to be assessed for Mediation if you wish to issue Court proceedings.

It will depend on when the process broke down.

If the process broke down in the last four months, you do not need to attend a MIAM and can issue Court proceedings straight away.

If the process broke down longer than four months ago you will be expected to attend a MIAM.

You will not have to attend a MIAM and the Mediator from Ringrose Family Mediation Service will sign a certificate to this effect.

In financial cases a negotiated agreement will be converted into a Court Order by your Solicitor which the Court will then approve.

In cases involving children it is not essential to have a Court Order setting out the agreement. You can take legal advice from your Solicitor in relation to this.

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