You might have heard somebody mention mediation before but what is mediation? Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that involves two (or more) parties and a mediator. Mediation provides parties with the opportunity to have an open and honest discussion about a range of family law issues in a neutral environment. Everything that is said during a mediation session is confidential and the parties have control over any decisions that are made during the meeting.
What sort of issues can be dealt with at mediation?
A wide variety of family issues can be dealt with at mediation, including child contact and financial matters relating to separation and divorce.
Who is a mediator?
A mediator is the person who facilitates the mediation. All mediators receive formal training however, not all mediators hold legal qualifications. A mediator does not take sides and will remain impartial throughout the mediation process. A mediator helps the parties communicate and work towards an agreement.
How long does mediation last and how much does it cost?
The number of sessions and the duration of each session depend on the individual needs of the parties involved.
Mediation can be significantly cheaper and also quicker than court proceedings. However, the cost of mediation depends on the number of sessions required and the duration of the sessions.
Ultimately, the duration and cost of mediation is determined by the individual circumstances and the needs of the parties involved.
What is the outcome of mediation?
The outcome is very much determined by the parties involved. A mediation outcome details the agreement that has been reached by the parties. It is drawn up by the mediator and it is not legally binding but can be reflected in a legal agreement drawn up by solicitors.
If you think that mediation could help you and your family or you would like to discuss your options, please get in touch with our experienced family law team based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.