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Mediation on divorce

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What is mediation?

Mediation is a way of sorting out the issues that arise when you separate. The mediator is there to make sure that your discussion is constructive and that each of you has your say.

Mediation is a flexible process. It can be used to sort out problems about the children or about the financial side. It is not there to sort out your relationship problems (in other words it is not about trying to get you back together – that's the role of marriage counselling), but rather to help you agree the issues that arise once you know that you are going to split up.

  • Mediation is like having a referee (or impartial guide) for your discussions. Mediators are trained to practise in this area and will help you identify and resolve any issues.
  • Mediators are neutral and do not take sides. They cannot give advice. It is helpful to take advice from your own solicitor before and during mediation. The mediator can tell you more about that.
  • Mediators can give you both as much information as you need about the law and your options.
  • Once you have reached an agreement, the mediator will draw up a “Memorandum of Understanding”, setting out what is proposed. You can then take that to your solicitor, who can draw up and advise you on the necessary legal papers.

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Mediation referrals

Want to refer a mediation to one of our lawyers? Why not use our mediation referral form.

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How to communicate effectively

To help you to communicate effectively with your former partner when resolving disputes, we have partnered with iMA Strategies to identify which communication and engagement style you have. 

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