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Mediators are trained to resolve disputes and help you and your partner work things out together.

Mediators will help you identify the issues you can’t agree on and help you to try and reach agreement.

Mediators are impartial and will not take sides. They will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice alongside the mediation process.

How does mediation work?

Mediation is a voluntary process. Mediators listen to you to help you make choices and decisions about the best way forward. You will probably have a number of sessions with the mediator (usually 3-5 one to two hour sessions).

You may contact the mediator directly or your solicitor may refer you.

The MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting)

Although mediation is a voluntary process, since April 2011 it has been a requirement that anyone wanting to make an application to the Court should attend an initial meeting (called a MIAM) with a mediator to find out about mediation and other non-Court options.

If you decide not to mediate, the mediator will sign a certificate to attach to your application to the Court as evidence that mediation has been considered.

If you decide mediation may assist you in reaching a resolution, further meetings will be scheduled.

Between meetings, you may wish to consult with your solicitor.

If you are able to reach a resolution, the mediator will prepare a summary of that agreement and a summary of financial information which will be sent to each of you to discuss with your solicitors.  The summary can then be converted into a Court order for approval by a District Judge.