It is also not unusual for people to discussion the grounds for divorce. Where unreasonable behavior is cited, it can often ease conflict between you if the reasons for the breakdown of the marriage are agreed in advance together, avoiding any unpleasant surprises when the divorce petition is received by the respondent.
Even if you or your ex don’t feel ready to mediate right away, when you consider the financial and emotional costs of taking your divorce to court, mediation should be your first port of call where we can provide you with all the information you may need and signpost your for legal advice at the right time.
Mediation services can assist you both in:
- Looking at your current financial situation
- Identify all of your assets and liabilities
- Discuss what needs dealing with immediately so that you avoid getting into further debt
- Explore in detail the different options each of you put forward with regard to a settlement
- Consider how the suggested proposals will work for each of you individually and, if applicable, how it will best ensure your children’s futures
- Arrive at an agreement that the two of you feel is fairest and is within the parameters of the law, so that your agreement on finances can be made legally binding.
In finance Family Mediation a full disclosure of finances is very important if you want to get a settlement to enable you to get divorced. We encourage you to look at options for how you might share any savings and assets that you may have between you in a way that the two of you feel is fair.
It is estimated that the cost of using solicitors and going to court on issues around finances is between £4000 and £12,000 each and takes an average 15 months compared with an average of 3 months in Mediation.
All of our Family Mediators are qualified and registered which means they are required to work within the parameters of family law and will consider with you both how the family court may deal with things. The Mediator will help you find navigate your way through the process towards finding workable solution for you both that can then be made legally binding as part of your divorce or legal separation.
Why come to us?
Over 80% of our mediation’s lead to an outcome that both people are positive about. All of our mediators are accredited with the Ministry of Justice to undertake Family Mediation in both financial and Children’s issues so you can be confident your in safe hands.
Agreements reached in Family Mediation can be made legally binding, the Mediator will write up any agreements (proposals – MOU) you might reach in the mediation meetings and you can ask your solicitor (if you have one) to check if the agreements seem fair for you, which helps to give you confidence that you have made good decisions.
If you are planning to get divorced in the future you can have your proposals set out in the MOU made legally binding which can be done by yourselves or with the help of a Solicitor and no one needs to attend court to do this.
If your eligible for Legal Aid this can also be funded by your Legal Aid certificate. Ask your Mediator who will explain to you how to do this.
Family mediation is the best choice for separating couples who want to reach an agreement quickly, more effectively and without the expense and stress of Solicitors and courts.