Mediation, Solicitors Berkhamsted, Amersham & Beaconsfield
Types of Mediation:
- Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation
- Workplace Mediation
- Community mediation
What are the advantages of mediation?
- It is cheaper and quicker than using solicitors to represent you to negotiate a settlement
- It is much cheaper and quicker than going to court
- It reduces tension and conflict by encouraging co-operation
- It is preferable for the children with a reduction of conflict
- You take control of the proposal you wish to reach
- It is less stressful
- It will teach you how to improve the communication between you and your partner.
- You can combine mediation with legal advice
What sort of problems can be mediated?
Family mediation is suitable for a range of family problems. The following issues are common in a successful mediation:
- Who the children will live with and when
- How the assets and finances are divided
- How ongoing maintenance for children and/or a spouse can be worked out
MIAMS: Why is this important?
If you cannot resolve the difficulties with your former spouse or partner, you may be thinking about taking your matter to court. However, before an application can be made to court, you are now obliged to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The aim of the meeting is to see if mediation could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going straight to court. The court needs to know that mediation has been considered before they will process your application.
What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting?
The MIAM is a meeting between you and a mediator to find out if there are alternative ways to find solutions to your problems other than going to court.
The mediator will explain to you:
- what your options may be
- what mediation is, and how it works
- the benefits of mediation and other appropriate forms of resolving disputes disputes
- the likely costs of using mediation
- if you are eligible for free mediation and Legal Aid. The meeting can be between the mediator and just you, or your ex- partner can attend. The mediator will be able to tell you if mediation is likely to work for you. If it is, he or she will advise you of the next steps.
What happens if mediation does not go ahead?
If, after your MIAM, it is considered that mediation is not suitable in your case, the mediator will give you a form which will be completed and signed by the mediator. This form confirms that you have attended a MIAM and will form part of your application to court for a Financial Order.
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