Supporting Family Mediation Week Berwins and 3V Meditation is sharing guest blogs from Family Mediation Week. Here, Family Mediator Sarah Smith shares the three steps involved in the mediation process.
When a couple is splitting up or getting divorced, family mediation offers them the opportunity to discuss and agree on the issues which matter most to them and their family.
The process, which takes place outside court, will be controlled by you and will move at a speed the couple is comfortable with. It is designed to help both parties find a way through what can be a difficult and often confusing time and involves three main stages.
The mediator will invite both parties to an initial meeting (sometimes called a Mediation Information Meeting or MIAM). This is usually attended separately. Here, the process will be explained fully and individual circumstances and needs discussed to make sure that mediation is the right option. Any safety concerns are also fully explored.
If everyone agrees mediation is the right way forward, joint sessions will take place. During these some ground rules will be set to make sure everyone is heard. Then, with the support of a mediator, both sides will work through the issues and towards an agreement. Throughout these meetings the couple keep complete control and the number and frequency of sessions will be based on the best fit for their circumstances and how much needs to be discussed.
If the couple reach an agreement, this will be put into writing. This is a key document and, while not legally binding, can be supplied to a solicitor working on your divorce, who can make this into a court order as necessary.
For further information or a no obligation conversation about whether mediation is right for you, contact the 3V team via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01423 543 100