At the outset of the process there is a mutual exchange of financial information to enable you to explore options and make an informed decision, in order to reach a financial settlement which is fair and practical and one that you choose. Unlike Court proceedings which can increase embitterment and take many months if not years, in some cases, to conclude, mediation is a future focused process and one that encourages a practical and cost effective approach to sorting out financial issues.
Our accredited family mediators will help you consider the full range of options, mindful of the legal factors which need to be taken into account in settlement discussions. It is not the role of the mediator to provide legal advice however, and you are encouraged to obtain advice from your solicitor alongside the process. Agreements reached in mediation can be made into a binding order by the Courts providing the proposals are within the parameters of a legally fair settlement. See My Questions for more information and watch our video about how mediation helped a family deal with the breakdown of a relationship: Jacks Story