Family Mediation

When should I go to a MIAM?

Mediation is often most effective when it takes place at an early stage, before the issues become big problems. It’s best to contact us as soon as you and your ex-partner have come to terms with the separation and need help sorting out arrangements.

What happens when I go to family mediation?

if you all agree to try mediation, you will need to attend mediation sessions. The length and number of sessions will depend on your situation. When an agreement is reached, our mediator will write it down in a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ so that everyone is clear about what has been decided. Agreements made in mediation can be made legally binding by a court if both you and your ex-partner agree.

What if things don’t go as planned afterwards?

If the situation changes and the arrangements aren’t working, you can go back to our mediator. If needed, you can agree to change the Memorandum of Understanding.

 

What if I want to go to court?

The law says that you must consider whether mediation can help you before you can take a case to court.

Will we have to pay for mediation?

If you’re on a low income and able to get Legal Aid then the assessment meeting or MIAMS and first mediation sessions will be free for both. www.gov.uk/legalaid-eligibility