Mediation is a process by which couples are able to resolve property, financial and family issues in a faster, cheaper and less traumatic way.
Through the use of a skilled and neutral mediator, they can come to a joint understanding of the issues involved over a number of sessions and negotiate a more mutually-acceptable settlement than a court-imposed solution.
Mediation can be used to solve arrangements concerning children, housing, finance and property.
Provided both parties disclose all relevant facts during the mediation and nothing is clearly unfair or contrary to the interests of the children, this culminates in the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.
If they cannot reach agreement after the mediation, they still have the choice of issuing court proceedings.
Using a mediator to facilitate negotiations reduces the costs of a divorce substantially. If matters become protracted and proceed to a final hearing, the average costs of litigation can soon reach £10,000 for each party, while mediation costs each party just £95 per hour.
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