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Who can come to mediation?

You can come to mediation whether you are married or not; whether you have already separated or are about to; whether or not you have children and whether or not you are already divorced.  You can use mediation if you are a Grandparent wanting to see a Grandchild.  You can use mediation even if you have not yet seen a solicitor.

Indeed before you can make an application to the Court, you now required to show you have considered mediation.  Apart from some limited circumstances which are exempt, you will be required to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM) and provide proof of this in the actual application form you submit to Court.

Feedback from clients has shown that couples find mediation of particular benefit when they have children.  In this case, you will need to be able to co-operate with each other about your children’s upbringing for some time to come, if not for the rest of your lives.

Mediation can only take place if you are both willing to take part and you must be willing to share information with each other.  If you need to sort out financial arrangements you will need to be willing to provide full information about your financial position.

You should never feel threatened or pressurised to either take part or to make decisions.  Before mediation actually starts, you will be asked to attend an assessment meeting with a mediator to discuss if mediation is suitable in your case.