Here is a summary of the key stages of the family mediation process.
1. The Referral
The family mediation process starts when we receive a referral from you, the other party or a solicitor acting on your behalf. You can make a referral to us by telephone on 0113 322 9222 (Leeds mediation office) or 01423 222 220 (Harrogate mediation office), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing our Mediation Referral Form
2. The Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting
We will then arrange for you to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) appointment at our office in Leeds or Harrogate, whichever is most convenient for you. At the MIAM we explore whether mediation as a process can help you to resolve the issues you and your former partner/spouse are experiencing. We can also assess whether you are eligible for our fee assistance scheme (25% reduction in fees) at the appointment;
If you or the other party decides not to proceed with the mediation process then we sign the relevant court form i.e. C100 form or Form A, which is the Court forms you would need to issue Court proceedings.
3. The Joint Sessions
If you and the other party are willing and we agree that mediation can help you to resolve your dispute we set up a joint session for you both. At the joint session you will both sit with one of our accredited family mediators and explore options as to how you can reach important decisions for you and your family, whether in relation to children and/or financial matters.
Family mediation usually takes place over 2 -4 sessions depending upon the complexity of your issues and what is involved. Mediation is not an alternative to legal advice and we suggest that you speak to your solicitors in between sessions.
4. The Memorandum of Understanding
If you and your former partner/spouse reach a consensus within the family mediation process then we will prepare the mediation documentation which records the proposals reached, known as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This is sent to you and can also be sent to your solicitors at your request.
In finance cases, we also preare an Open Financial Summary (OFS) which records the financial disclosure exchanged within the mediation process.
If you would like to find out more tabout the mediation process please contact us on either 0113 322 9222 (Leeds) or 01423 222 220 (Harrogate) or send an enquiry to email@example.com
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