Divorce mediation is a constructive way to deal with the turmoil of sorting out practical arrangements before, during or after divorce. It enables parties to sort out the practical child and/or financial arrangements that inevitably rise from a separating of lives.
The divorce process often has a significant emotional impact on both parties, as well as increasing the financial burden on the family as a whole. The legal process of divorce is reasonably straightforward, providing the divorce is not contested. However the untangling of lives is usually much less straightforward and in many cases parties rely on professional help to deal with this.
Family mediation can deal with a whole range of issues, and unlike the Court process, both children and financial arrangements can be dealt with together.
In respect of child arrangements, mediation can help parents make day- to- day arrangements, long term planning around holidays, birthdays and Christmas, as well as decisions about education, religion and meeting new partners. Establishing a way of communicating, to enable parents to co-operate in the future, is often a positive outcome of mediation.
Working out financial arrangements can be a difficult undertaking for a separating couple to deal with on their own. Divorce mediation helps to resolve issues over property and other assets, as well as questions over income and debts.
Divorce mediation gives you a voice and control over outcomes. It reduces polarisation and escalation of conflict. Inevitably, how you wish to resolve your issues will depend on the circumstances of the case. It is likely your choice will be influenced by factors such as cost and timing, and how far you feel a face-to-face negotiation will be helpful. However, Courts increasingly encourage separating couples to try mediation because research has shown they produce more lasting, co-operative outcomes.
Unfortunately some relationships come to an end as a result of violence or abuse. If this is the case then you may be able to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. We provide a CICA claims service and can advise as to whether you could make a claim for compensation.