By Paul Richardson
Family Mediation is fast becoming one of the most attractive ways for separating couples and others involved in family disputes in attempting to resolve their issues.
Family mediation can offer separating couples the opportunity to come together with the aid of a purely impartial mediator to discuss the issues, whether these be in relation to children, property and finances or all of these issues. The mediator ensures that the process is balanced and each party has their say and can be heard.
The benefits of mediation compared to the use of solicitors or Court proceedings include:-
- Both parties remain in control of what decisions are made for themselves and if applicable their children, whereas Court proceedings could result in a Judge or Magistrates making an Order that both parties would be bound by and neither could be entirely happy with.
- With the average costs of Court proceedings being in their thousands of pounds, mediation offers a more affordable alternative to resolving the issues.
- Mediation can also provide a much quicker way for the issues to be resolved rather than protracted negotiations via solicitors or Court proceedings which can last for months or even years in some cases.
- The informal nature of mediation, with the discussions being without prejudice which means that whatever is discussed or said in mediation cannot be used in any subsequent Court proceedings, can provide a less stressful platform for the parties to attempt to reach mutually acceptable proposals for themselves and their children.
Should Family Mediation be a process which you feel could assist you to resolve outstanding issues between you and your former spouse or partner then please contact us at Accord Mediation on 0115 969 4800 for further information.