It is a sad fact that many relationships and marriages break down. When this happens, having a conversation with your former partner or spouse about the important decisions which need to be made as a result of that separation can be very difficult. Family mediation can help.
Mediation is one of the options available to a separated couple to help them navigate some of the issues they encounter as a result of their separation. Mediation can helpful in resolving the formalities of the separation, financial arrangements and the arrangements for any children.
The process of mediation involves having direct discussions with your former partner or spouse, assisted by a neutral professionally trained mediator. It is the role of the mediator to ensure there is a safe space for you to have what can sometimes be difficult discussions and to facilitate constructive communication.
Mediation gives the control to you and your former partner or spouse to reach decisions about what is best for your family, rather than putting the matter in the hands of a judge to make decisions about your family, and having decisions imposed on you. Attending mediation allows former couples to work together to decide on the best outcomes for their family’s future. It is a much more constructive and cooperative approach.
The mediator will help you find a solution which works for you both and will explain what needs to happen to make an agreement between you legally binding.
In the words of the country’s top family law judge, Sir Andrew Macfarlane, the President of the Family Division:
“What mediation offers is a structured and safe environment in which those in dispute can discuss and hopefully resolve their problems. It is professional help with problem solving.”
What mediation offers is a structured and safe environment in which those in dispute can discuss and hopefully resolve their problems. It is professional help with problem solving.https://www.judiciary.uk/speech-by-the-president-of-the-family-division-relaunching-family-mediation/