Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I still need a Solicitor?
A: Mediators do not give legal advice and will explain the benefits of obtaining independent legal advice. Although mediation is not legally binding, the decisions you make in mediation can be recorded in the Memorandum of Understanding for a solicitor to prepare legally binding documents eg a Financial Order in conjunction with divorce proceedings.
Q: What if I can't afford the fees?
A: If you are eligible for legal aid, mediation will be free. In the event that one party is funded, the other party will be able to have a free MIAM and free first mediation meeting. If you would like to be assessed for funding, please do call our office on 01794 524395, it will only take a few minutes.
Q: How long will mediation take?
A: Mediation involving financial and children's issues would normally take 3-4 sessions. Each session is about an hour and a half. If appropriate we can offer extended sessions and weekend sessions. This may suit clients who live some distance away. We can offer a "whole day mediation" package if appropriate.
Q: Who can mediate?
A: Anyone who wishes to resolve financial and/or children's issues. They may be: - heterosexual partners who are married or co-habitees - Same sex partners who are civil partners or co-habitees - Grandparents having difficulties over contact with their grandchildren - Other family members.
Q: Can I have a meeting on my own?
A: The first meeting would usually be an individual meeting between you and the mediator alone.
Q: Can I bring a friend/relative/new partner to my individual meeting?
Q: Can children be involved in mediation?
A: We do offer child consultation if appropriate, and all our mediators are trained in "direct consultation" with children. This is about giving a child a "voice" and would require the consent of both parents.
Q: I would like to mediate, but don't want to be in the same room as my ex-partner.
A: In certain situations, we are able to offer shuttle mediation, which enables clients to mediate in separate rooms without having contact with their ex-partner.