Mediation is a structured process to help couples who have decided to separate or divorce to talk things through and attempt to find their own solution with the help of a trained mediator. It is often difficult to talk face to face when emotions are running high and mediation assists you keeping communication channels open and help your children by showing you are working together to resolve issues.
Mediation is generally less costly and quicker than Court proceedings. It is a flexible process and you both set the agenda for the points you wish to discuss during mediation. Mediators give impartial guidance to help you understand what matters to you, to consider your options jointly and to make your own choices about the best way forward. The aim of mediation is to help you both reach practical solutions which feel fair for both of you and your family. Mediation can be hugely beneficial as it can save expensive and stressful Court proceedings and can help reduce tensions that you may be experiencing following a family breakdown in order for you to move forward. Clare Kitteridge is an experienced mediator accredited by the Law Society and Resolution.