Family mediation is a process in which a trained mediator assists you and the other party to your dispute in discussing their issues, examining different options and working out what might be best for your family. It is often quicker and cheaper than a trial and allows you to avoid having a decision imposed on you by a judge. It can take place in person or online, you and your ex can be in the same room or separate – it’s up to you. In some cases the mediator will meet with both you and your children if this is appropriate, focusing on their wishes and feelings and what’s best for them. All discussions during a family mediation are confidential.
During family mediation sessions, it’s common to see conversations re-visiting deeply felt past wrongs and emotional pain. Like a family therapist, it’s the job of the mediator to help the parties look at their own contribution to their current situation.
It’s important to prepare for a session, and bring all the paperwork you have with you. It’s also a good idea to consult with your solicitor beforehand to make sure that you have everything ready for your session. Having notes to refer to during your mediation can help you achieve more progress in a shorter time. Your solicitor can also help you decide which issues are more likely to be resolved by mediation and which might need to go to court. https://derbyshire.lakesmediation.co.uk/