How a Full Mediation Works
We are often asked how mediation actually works in practice. Well, it is a very straight forward process and there are up to three stages.
Stage 1 – An initial meeting is set-up with each party. This is called a MIAM (Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting – Click Here more details).
Stage 2 – A Joint Meeting is planned to discuss your issues or situation. Depending on the complexity of your case, then you may need one or more joint meetings. Your mediator will advise you.
Stage 3 – Summary agreements are drafted by your mediator. If it is about child arrangements, then your mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding and if it is relating to finances, then an Open Statement of Finances will be drafted.
Following completion of your mediation, you can either apply to the courts yourself and complete the necessary forms or, as we strongly recommend, appoint a solicitor to complete the forms on your behalf.
What if my ex won’t mediate?
If you attend a MIAM and we invite your ex to mediate, and they refuse or do not respond, then a different course of action is available to you. The mediation then becomes a 2 stage process.
Stage 1 – You will still need to attend a MIAM with your mediator
Stage 2 – If there is a refusal to mediate by the other party, your mediator will then sign a C100 Application for Child Arrangements Order (Click Here for more information) stating you tried to mediate but your ex would not respond or agree to mediation.
Following completion of your MIAM and when it is clear your ex will not engage in mediation, you can either apply to the courts yourself and complete the necessary forms or, as we strongly recommend, appoint a solicitor to complete the forms on your behalf.
For a no-obligation chat with one of our mediators, call 0330 113 0005