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Listen here to Helen Noble, Associate Solicitor in our Family team speaking about how Mediation works, when she was interviewed on Channel Radio – Money Talks.

The best solutions are those which you work out together When relationships break down, communicating with your former partner/spouse can seem very difficult and the easiest issues can seem like huge mountains to overcome. You may have issues concerning your finances or children or both which are causing stress and anxiety for you and your partner.

Mediation offers couples a process to help them deal with their separation or divorce and the aim is to help the separating/separated couple reach agreements as to their future arrangements over their finances and/or children. It is an opportunity to speak with your partner in a non- confrontational environment. It is a voluntary and confidential process led by a specially trained impartial guide. Mediators do not take sides and they must give impartial advice to help you to make your own choices about the best way forward. You can have as many meetings as you require, at the pace you want in order to help resolve any issues surrounding your separation or divorce. A Mediator will help you reach a practical solution which feels fair for both of you.

The benefits of mediation are that it:

At the end of your Mediation, your Mediator will provide you with a summary document setting out any agreements you reach together with a financial summary of your affairs (if relevant). You will then be able to seek independent legal advice on your agreement and your solicitor can complete the legal formalities. You can also take legal advice throughout the mediation from your solicitor on what is best for you. Mediation is a cost effective solution for couples who wish to minimise their legal costs and reach an agreement that is practical and fair.

Mediators will work with you and your partner to help you reach a solution that is right for your family
For those couples with children, Mediation is a great start in building a relationship with each other as separated parents. Once the divorce papers are signed, couples with children often still have to work together. Mediation is a process which can assist couples who need to maintain a working relationship for their children’s future. The benefit of Mediation is that as parents you will be able to discuss the particular needs of each of your children and work out arrangements specifically for them. Sometimes going down the divorce route can seem hard as both parties deal with their case through a firm of Solicitors. However you can possibly reach the same outcome through Mediation in a non-confrontational environment where you both spend time together discussing whats best for your family. If you need to discuss arrangements for your children in Mediation then you will have the time to express your views and put together proposals which will be of immediate benefit to your children and help ease the pain of separation.

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