Family mediation is a less adversarial approach to dispute resolution which helps individuals to find mutually beneficial solutions. It is a quicker and cheaper alternative to litigation.
Family disputes can involve complex issues and include non-legal matters such as children’s needs, care arrangements and financial concerns. The mediation process is confidential and allows the parties to focus on discussing their individual priorities and exploring possible options for settlement in a neutral, safe, environment. The negotiations may take place in private sessions (“caucuses”) between the mediator and each of you individually or in joint meetings with both of you together and/or your lawyers.
A mediator is a skilled, impartial person who provides the setting in which participants can identify their issues and explore options for settlement in ways that are best suited to their particular situation. The mediator does not make judgments, determine facts or decide outcomes. If a settlement is reached, the mediator will prepare a “memorandum of understanding” for each party to review and consider. The agreement will then be reduced to writing and signed by the parties.
Mediation can be used to resolve issues such as separation, divorce, parenting schedules and child support, the division of assets including inherited property, the division of family businesses, the management of a family trust or estate, elder care, the distribution of pension funds, and other family law related matters. It can also help couples who are separated to work on co-parenting and relationship issues. https://derbyshire.lakesmediation.co.uk/