Parties sit down face to face, with a trained mediator, who will assist. Arrangements can then be made regarding the care of children, division of finances, property and debts.
As lawyers, we are encouraged to consider how the process of mediation may assist in resolving disputes. Mediation can often save the cost and tension involved with Court. It can make couples feel able to agree things fairly and on their own terms.
Mediation may be particularly helpful if children are involved as it is often beneficial for children to see parents working together to agree arrangements.
At Thursfields we are happy to discuss the possible benefits of mediation and provide advice through the mediation process.
The family team is able to recognise when it is important to offer our clients an alternative approach to matters other than Court. Recently one of our team successfully resolved a cohabitation dispute at mediation, after we successfully argued under TOLATA that our client’s beneficial interest in the property was greater than her legal interest.