The breakdown of a relationship, marriage or civil partnership is often a very emotional and distressing time. Feelings run high and it can be difficult for you to focus on practical issues such as finances and children when you are feeling hurt, shocked, or angry.
You may also feel overwhelmed at the idea of lawyers getting involved and the possible expense that this might involve.
In these circumstances, mediation is an option for couples to consider. Mediators are trained to help separating couples discuss and agree on the arrangements for their future. This can be for the children or division of finances.
Using a mediator has several advantages. It is cost-effective and relatively quick. It allows couples to talk calmly and privately, each listening to the other. For parents this is particularly important as it paves the way for a more positive co-parenting relationship in the future.
Some mediators are trained to undertake child inclusive mediation so that children can also have their say and feel listened to by their parents.
Here at Pinney Talfourd we have a list of preferred mediators that we work with so we can ensure that the mediator you chose is the right fit for you in terms of personality, location, method of working etc.
We can meet with you before you start mediation to give you some general advice about possible outcomes and to manage your expectations. We can also meet with you during the mediation process to discuss any proposals that are to be made or have been made already.
If you are successful in reaching an agreement in mediation, then we can also assist you in converting that agreement into a legally binding document.
The above is meant to be only advice and is correct as of the time of posting. This article was written by Louise Eady, Senior Associate in the Family team at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of January 2023.