Family mediation is a process carried out with the purpose of coming to an amicable agreement between yourself and your ex-partner in order to resolve financial and child arrangements. Couples that are considering a divorce will need to think about what happens to the finances and properties that are jointly owned. If you’re thinking about a family mediation session and you’re wondering what you should expect, we have provided a few points below that are commonly asked about mediation sessions.
What will happen at a Mediation Session?
The purpose of the session will be to reach an agreement over a subject and the mediator will take their place as an unbiased third party in order to try and have the individuals achieve an agreement, with the issue usually focused around family and finances. The mediation session usually begins by outlining the core issues and the involved parties will then give their opinions. In some cases, a ‘shuttle’ mediation can be organised where the parents are called in separately.
Do I Have to Attend the Mediation?
If there has been an application submitted to the courts to ask for assistance in resolving a financial or children-based dispute, you will be expected to attend a mediation meeting, unless you are exempt. For more information about these exemptions, please read our blog here.
How Long Can Mediation Take?
The duration of a mediation session can vary depending on the complexity of the core issues being addressed, but the average length for an online joint meeting is between an hour and a half and two hours and a half.
What Should I Expect from my Mediator?
A family mediator is, as the name suggests, the impartial point of contact between you and your ex-partner who will facilitate mediation to help you both come to amicable agreements. Mediators are also bound to confidentiality and are unable to share any private information, with the exception of information that they have permission to share from both parties. Mediation sessions are confidential and the contents of the discussion can not be disclosed in court. Mediation is a voluntary process and if for whatever reason both parties are unwilling to take part in the mediation, the mediator can call for the session to be suspended.
What Happens if an Agreement isn’t Reached Through Mediation?
There are several reasons why an agreement may not be reachable during mediation. The primary reasons would include:
- Not being able to reach an agreement within the allocated time.
- The mediator feels that an agreement cannot be reached.
- If the other party fails to turn up to the mediation session.
If an agreement is unable to be reached, then both parties have the right to litigation and can take this issue to court.
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