Family mediation is a way of resolving disputes between family members. It is usually a less contentious process than going through court and can be quicker. It is also often cheaper.
You and the other parties in your dispute meet with a trained mediator to aid discussions, with the aim of reaching an agreement which is best for your family. The way it is conducted is very flexible, so you can be in the same room or separate, and your lawyers can be present or not. You can have joint sessions, shuttle mediation (where you are in separate rooms but the mediator ‘shuttles’ between you), and telephone and online sessions.
During family mediation, you work with the mediator to discuss issues like child custody and access, parenting schedules, child support, spousal support, distribution of inherited property, elder care, the family’s budget, and so forth. You are encouraged to share information and opinions and search for common ground, but you do not give up decision-making power.
Depending on your circumstances and the type of dispute, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the costs of your mediation sessions through the family law mediation voucher scheme. Your mediator can tell you more about the voucher scheme at your MIAM meeting if it is relevant to your case. Alternatively, your solicitor can advise you of the options available to you. As always, it is important that you prepare for your mediation session by getting plenty of sleep the night before, as stress can impact your ability to think clearly and make good decisions. https://derby.lakesmediation.co.uk/