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Family Mediation Services Process

Family Mediation Services Process

Once all parties have agreed to enter into mediation;

  1. Effective Dispute Solutions Limited will require a brief summary of the dispute and put you in contact with a family mediator who specialises in your area of dispute and would be most suitable to help you resolve your dispute.
  2. Arrange an agreed date time and location.
  3. Start the mediation usually with a joint meeting, unless it’s a divorce or separation matter in which case the mediator may see parties separately and at different times initially.
  4. Use a series of joint and private meetings to discuss each sides concerns with the aim to helping the parties find a solution within 1 day, (divorce and separation cases may take a number of sessions over a few months).
  5. Once a solution has been found, to put it in writing which will become a binding contract once the parties have signed it, if Court action has started then this will usually become a Consent or Tomlin order.

For divorce or separation matters once an agreement has been made, it will be put into writing and be given to you in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines what was agreed at the mediation, it is important to note that the document is legally privileged so it cannot be used later in Court as evidence, however it is not legally binding. To make it into a legally binding agreement your solicitors would need to advise you and help you draw up such an agreement.