We can recommend mediators to you who will assist you and your former partner in narrowing and resolving issues in dispute. This is a voluntary process and is not legally binding but it is often the quickest and cheaper way to resolve matters without conflict. In particular, we can offer mediation on children issues with Ashley Palmer from the Winchester office or by Skype.
Mediation takes place between you, your partner and a mediator in a supported and structured environment. There will be a process of financial disclosure and settlement options will be fully considered. You and your partner make the decisions impacting on the future of the family rather than these decisions being ordered by a court. You are guided to find these solutions and reach a full without prejudice agreement. However, the mediator cannot provide you with legal advice and so we recommend that you take full legal advice before the mediation process to help you to identify your goals and options and throughout the process to ensure you have support and advice that is in your best interests. This provides you with the certainty that the decisions you are making are appropriate and fair.
Once an agreement has been reached, the mediator draws up a Memorandum of Understanding and we will use that to draft a consent order for you and deal with the paperwork that is lodged at court when the consent order is submitted to the court for approval. There is no binding agreement until the consent order is sealed at court.
Mediation can be used to resolve matrimonial financial, cohabitation and children disputes and some mediators are trained to listen to the children as part of the process. For international children disputes, we can offer skype mediation in our Winchester office.
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