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Often couples would like to resolve outstanding issues by way of direct discussion rather than having a third party negotiate on their behalf. Sometimes they find that they are “blocked” about certain issues or that their emotional responses are getting in the way of the discussion. In such cases, it may be appropriate to involve a mediator.
The mediator’s role is to facilitate the discussion and, if appropriate, provide general legal information to enable the discussion to move forward. The process is confidential and voluntary and the mediator is, in every case, impartial. Should you choose to use our mediation service, it will remain open to you to retain your own solicitor to advise you as to appropriateness of any agreement reached at mediation.
Mediation usually culminates in a Memorandum of Understanding which records the agreement reached. Where appropriate, this can be used as the basis for an order which has the court’s approval.
If you would like to explore mediation as an option for resolving any family matter, please contact Peter Jones for further information.