Mediation is a voluntary process that enables parties either separating, divorcing or choosing to co-parent to meet with a family mediator who acts impartial, to help them to make their own informed decisions regarding their future finances and or arrangements for their children. Mediation can be less costly than court proceedings. It can also result in a quicker outcome and allows the parties to make the decisions and therefore still feel in control of their children's future and finances.
Like any process when there is a separation or divorce, mediation is not an ‘easy’ option but it is often considered to be the ‘better’ option for many reasons. Court proceedings are often the last resort, but If one party is considering the court process they must firstly attend a MIAM with a mediator (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting). This meeting is designed to explain the benefits of mediation and to make more people aware of the process as an option, to avoid the court process where appropriate.
At this meeting the mediator will explain how the process works, what’s involved and what the mediator’s role is. This helps parties to know what to expect so they can make a proper decision about whether they wish to mediate or not. During that meeting, information is taken to ascertain what the issues are, and to check that mediation would be suitable. Mediation is not suitable in all cases and parties can also choose not to mediate if they wish. Should the party attending indicate that they would like to mediate, the Mediator will then make contact with the other party. If not, the certificate for court can be issued upon request.
Tracy was warm and welcoming from the start. Very knowledgeable and built up a good rapport immediately. She created a relaxed atmosphere in which to openly discuss very sensitive matters. She reacted compassionately when appropriate and was strictly professional at all times regardless of the situation. She remained calm if discussions became heated and offered many varied ways to help the discussion flow.