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Mediation Process

Mediation involves a structured process designed to help resolve disputes amicably.

A structured, supportive process designed to reach fair and sustainable agreements that benefit all parties, amicably and efficiently. 

1

Initial Contact

The process begins when you contact us.  Our mediators will provide initial information about the process, its benefits and what to expect.  If you require additional support during the process, your mediator can provide information on how we can arrange this, including interpreters and signers. 

2

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

The MIAM is a preliminary meeting to assess whether mediation is suitable for you.  Each party attends a MIAM separately.  During this meeting, your mediator will explain the process and assess the nature of the dispute.

In some cases, mediation may not be suitable and your mediator will advise on alternative options. 

3

Agreement to Mediate

If everyone agrees that mediation is suitable, they will sign an agreement to mediate, outlining the terms and conditions of the mediator process.  

4

Mediation Sessions

Your mediator will schedule a series of sessions, typically lasting 1.5-2 hours each.  These sessions can be in-person or held virtually.  We have found that virtual sessions can be less stressful and encourage more open communication.  Shuttle mediation sessions, where neither person sees or hears the other, can also be arranged.  

You will meet with your mediator to outline the issues that need to be resolved.  In subsequent sessions, your mediator will facilitate discussions on key issues such as division of assets and property, child and co-parenting  plan, or financial arrangements, including child maintenance and spousal support reviews. 

Each mediation is unique, and our mediators are experienced across all forms of mediation.  They will remain neutral, helping everyone communicate effectively and work towards mutually acceptable solutions.  

5

Drafting the Agreement

Once agreements are reached, your mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  This document outlines the terms of your agreement.  If financial matters are involved, an Open Financial Statement is prepared, summarising the financial agreements.   

6

Legal Advice and Finalisation

Both parties can seek independent legal advice to review the MOU and any financial agreements.  The agreement can be converted into a legally binding Consent Order.  A solicitor can help draft this order, which is then submitted to the court for approval.  Once the court approves the consent order, it becomes legally binding and enforceable.

7

Implementation and Follow Up

Once the MOU or Consent Order are in place, both parties implement the terms of the agreement.  This may involve transferring property, setting up financial arrangements or adjusting living arrangements.  If any issues arise during the implementation phase, you can arrange follow up sessions with your mediator to discuss issues or modify arrangements if circumstances change.

Contact us to find out more about mediation or book an appointment

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