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The aim of family mediation is to reduce conflict and improve communication between the different parties.
The mediation process can help towards drafting an agreement/ settlement/proposal document. This document can be given to a solicitor and turned in to a draft consent order to be presented to court for approval. A consent order is legally binding.
Appointments that are flexible
You decide the outcome
You decide on the number sessions you would like to attend
Opportunity to put your view
Time to reflect
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Family Mediation entails both parties attending a separate mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM). This meeting is 30 - 45 minutes in duration.
Attending a mediation, information and assessment meeting (MIAM) is required by the Family courts before any court applications can made to the Family Court.
Attending a MIAM provides the opportunity for the mediator to assess whether mediation is suitable for both parties and most importantly, for you to gather more information about the next steps and to decide whether mediation can work for you.
The number of mediation sessions after the MIAM will depend on the complexity of the dispute.
Disputes around child arrangements can range between 2-4 hours in length.
All issues mediation involving children and financials can range between 6-8 hours in length.
We offer 2 hourly sessions.
Q) Do I need a mediation certificate before making an application to Family Court?
A) Yes you do require a mediation certificate which can be requested after attending a MIAM (mediation information and assessment meeting). Exemptions to attending a MIAM: evidence of domestic abuse, bankruptcy order, evidence of criminal proceedings.
Q) What is a MIAM?
A) A MIAM is a mediation, information and assessment meeting with a trained Family Mediator
Q) How long is mediation?
A) Depending on the issue can range between 2 - 8 hours. Each mediation session is 2 hours in duration.
Q)When do I pay for the mediation sessions?
A) Each mediation session is paid by BACS (bank automated clearing service) in advance of each session