In many ways it is very simple. Mediation online or in person brings together two people who are no longer in a relationship, but who need to sort out how to resolve any disagreements about their children and finances. Easy hey?
In reality the process is more involved than that. Mediation is a form of negotiation. You know what you need the outcome of the process to be. You may have suggestions to make about how you can get what you need. You may have a bottom line that you cannot dip below or the line that you cannot cross. You may need to explain your proposal so that your ex can understand the basis of it.
In turn, you need to gain an understanding what the other person wants and needs. Whatever personal feelings you have about the relationship and its conclusion, it is only by hearing one another out that you can reach a settlement. This is not always easy. This is also why Online Family Mediation can help make sure that discussions are productive, and not simply an ongoing argument or conversation that goes round and round with no conclusion.
Before the mediation you need to think about what you want to discuss, what you feel you need to say and what is an acceptable outcome in both the short and long term. You need to be prepared to let one another speak, to focus on what will happen next and be aware that most mediations require two or more sessions.
Following an initial telephone call and discussion you will be invited to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) in family mediatio. Both parties need to have a MIAM before family mediation can proceed
Mediation in other disputes, SEN or vulnerable adults for example fllows a similar pattern. Every case has to be assessed as being suitable for mediation.
Mediation itself can take the form of a series of meetings over a period of time, a single meeting to resolve a single issue. It can be online or in the office. Most mediations are with both parties in the same meeting, but for some people they need to be in separate rooms, and the mediator needs to go between them.
Take a look at more information about the parts of the process.
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