What is Mediation?
We all like to make our own informed decisions rather than strangers make them for us, therefore working out your arrangements in mediation following separation or divorce for child arrangement, finances, divorce or even your decision to reconcile is the best way forward. This is because it is quicker, less expensive, and less stressful than court proceedings. Together with the mediator, you set the agenda, and you retain control of the outcome.
Mediation is an easy and cost-effective method of dispute resolution where disputants are involved in deciding and agreeing terms to towards a mutual agreement.
Resolving disputes and conflicts through court can be a long, expensive and intrusive process where the final say of any resolve of any conflict and dispute is down to a judge telling disputants what to do. Mediation works differently to court and facilitates participant of mediation to agree their own terms.
Mutual mediation provides a structured, interactive out of court process where a third party “Mediator” assists in providing a balanced platform to disputing parties empowering both disputants to achieve mutual agreements through specialised open communication process and negotiation techniques.
Mediation is known to be cost effective, balanced and fair with more than 70% agreements lasting and working longer than a court orders. Mediators remain neutral and do not judge the participants and the participants themselves are involved in agreeing the arrangements they are comfortable with and works for them. It is more likely for the disputant to stick to an agreement they have decide and arranged as opposed to being told what to do by the court.
Agreements made through mediation can be equally as effective as a court order at the same time providing individuals with the flexibility of varying their arrangement through mutual consent. It is now a known fact that mediation works out to be cheaper, easier and less stressful than attending court.
Due to recent changes in the legislations, it is a mandatory requirement for a person to attend a MIAM before seeking a court order (some exceptions apply).