Mediation is a process in which separating and divorcing couples are assisted by an impartial third party, the Mediator, to explore the options available to them with a view to managing the changes that have occurred or are likely to occur upon the relationship breakdown.
Mediation can help at any stage of the separation or divorce. For example, when a relationship first breaks down, it can help address the immediate issues such as how responsibility for payment of the bills is going to be shared or met or how to break the news to the children. In the long term, mediation can assist helping the couple address the arrangements for the children, issues in respect of divorce or separation, or how to resolve the property and financial arrangements.
The couple are not tied to any proposals formulated in mediation and will have the opportunity to seek legal advice from their lawyers at any time, whether before, in between or following the mediation sessions.
The benefits of Mediation include:
- Better communication between the couple. This is particularly important where there are children
- Solutions can be tailor-made to suit the family’s specific needs or requirements
- It allows the couple to retain control of important decisions
- It allows options to be explored in a more relaxed way
- It is generally quicker and less expensive when compared to court process
Jackie Gifford is a Chartered Legal Executive and an ‘all issues’ Family Mediator trained by Resolution, as a Resolution Mediator.
Jackie’s understanding of the law and experience can be invaluable in the process. Jackie can help the parties to mediation equally and impartially to explore options for resolution of their differences in a structured and informed way.
In addition to Jackie’s expertise all of our lawyers are members of Resolution, the association of family lawyers that promotes a constructive approach to family disputes, and can provide legal advice and assistance to anyone attending mediation.