Couples who want to separate are obliged to be assessed to see if mediation is the best way of arranging separation rather than going through the courts. There are positive reasons to choose mediation.
Mediation can be a quicker and a cheaper option for settling how to separate. An average mediation takes 110 days from start to finish versus 450 through court. And in the vast majority of cases it works. Two out of three couples who start mediation reach settlement.
The most important benefit is that it’s a process that gives you more ownership of the decisions arrived at because you are actively involved in them. You are both supported by a skilled mediator who knows how to help you move through sticking points.
Because we are solicitors as well as mediators we know the law on child maintenance, benefits, tax, pensions, wills and property and so help get you to reasonable and, most importantly, sustainable agreements.
Separation can’t be pain free but it can be less adversarial if you are supported by a mediator helping you focus on an agreed future with a fair and informed view of each of your entitlements.