Mediation…why wouldn’t you?

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A year ago the law changed. Separated parties wanting to make a court application regarding their finances or children were thereafter required to visit a mediator for a meeting, at which mediation and other out of court options were explained.

For the majority of couples only once this was done could they apply to the court. But has this just become a box ticking exercise, just another hurdle to jump to access a judge?

Sadly, in some cases this has proved true. Many people who visit Barker Gotelee Mediation for this type of meeting come through the door saying that their solicitor has told them they have just come to get a form signed, with no expectation that the mediation process might actually be something that might be of benefit to them. Yet when mediation is fully explained they see the benefits and are keen to follow the process.

So what are the benefits? First, people keep control of their own solutions and what happens in their lives, settlements are discussed and agreed not imposed. Second, there is time to think and take legal advice away from the pressure cooker of the court. Third, if mediation is successful cost is saved. Fourth, communication, the mainstay of family life even as separated parents, continues.

Mediation, why wouldn’t you.

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Nicola Furmston is a solicitor specialising in the family field at Barker Gotelee, Solicitors in Ipswich.

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