There are a wide range of issues which can be discussed in mediation. Each mediation case will begin with a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM), either on your own or with your ex-partner.
Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)
If you are considering court proceedings as a result of difficulties in reaching agreement with your ex-partner, you are now required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before you make your application to court.
The aim of this is to try and see if mediation can help you to resolve your issues rather than going to court. The Courts want to know that you have considered mediation before they proceed with your application.
During the session I will:
- explain how mediation works
- answer any questions you have regarding the process
- listen to you and understand the issues you are currently facing
- discuss how mediation may help you in your situation and discuss potential options
- discuss the costs of the process
- signpost you, if necessary to any other helpful sources of support or information
The meeting will last for approximately 45 minutes and at the end of the session we will agree what action you wish to take next. If it is decided that your case is not suitable for mediation, I will sign the appropriate court forms (for example a C100 to enable you to apply for a Child Arrangements Order) to show that you have attended a MIAM. This will then allow you to make your application to court.
If mediation is suitable, I will contact the other party to see if they are willing to attend a MIAM.
Property and Finance mediation
Following separation or divorce there can be a wide range of financial issues to discuss and resolve. I can help you to work through these issues in an impartial way and ensure you make the necessary financial disclosure that the courts would expect. This can include discussions regarding the former family home, other property, bank accounts, investments, debts, pensions and on-going maintenance payments.
Child focused mediation
When relationships breakdown and children are involved, parents often find it difficult to communicate with each other regarding future arrangements for their children. Mediation can help parents to sit down together and discuss all the elements involved in bringing up children. This may include contact arrangements, communication between parents, parenting ground rules, arrangements for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions.
The focus during the session is to put the children’s need first and to be future focused. It is usually in the best interest of the child to spend time with both of their parents. Mediation allows you to make a plan to ensure this happens and that it is a positive experience for all.
The courts feel that parents are best placed to make plans for their children.
Mediation is also available to Grandparents who are experiencing difficulties in maintaining a relationship with their grandchildren. This often arises when the parents separate.
All Issues mediation
Many couples who separate have a wide range of issues to discuss and things to sort out. This can include financial issues as well as arrangements for their children.
I can help you discuss all aspects of your separation to enable you both to reach an agreement which you feel is fair and ensures the best interests of your children are maintained.