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Mediation allows divorcing couples to deal with their spousal dispute face-to-face. This conference style approach has meant that there is no longer a need to go to court to solve divorce proceeding disputes. The process works through the parties selecting a lawyer to accompany and represent them at these meetings, which is then overseen by an independent mediator. The mediator will help you and your former partner to work through the difficulties you are facing in reaching an agreement, in order to guide you towards a solution that works for both parties.
When engaging in mediation, you will always meet in a safe and neutral location so that both parties feel comfortable. Mediation can greatly reduce the hostility between parties at this stressful time, and reduce the costs of divorcing overall.
One of the most important factors in the mediation process is that offers and discussions are ‘without prejudice’. This means, that should mediation be unsuccessful, the discussions and offers put forward at mediation sessions cannot be referenced in court. This allows parties to be open and willing to negotiate.
Do I Need a Family Solicitor for Mediation?
It is always recommended that your receive proper legal advice and assistance alongside the mediation process. Our lawyers here at Family Law Leeds can expertly guide you, and prepare you for the mediation process and negotiations.
We can advise you as to what you should consider throughout negotiations and how any offers made might affect your position. Whilst a mediator can give you information, they cannot advise you as to what is in your bests interests. Only a solicitor engaged by you can provide this assistance properly.
After you have reached an agreement using a mediator, or have agreed certain elements in relation to finances or children for example, the mediator will then help to create a formal agreement. The agreed issues will be set out in a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ . The mediator will also work with your solicitor to let them know the outcome, and your solicitor cann provide you with advice. After the legal paperwork has been created, the agreement will be issued as a court order which then becomes a legally binding document.
Why Choose Family Law Mediation?
The process of mediation is voluntary, mediators do not take sides, the whole process is confidential and you are in control.
The mediation process is created to be:
● More dignified and less aggressive than the traditional court process.
● Practical in preserving amicable relationships in between the parties.
● A less stressful experience for friends, relatives and children.
● Less costly - by preventing court costs.
● Over all both partners retain some control on the outcome of the procedure, and do not leave the final decision to a judge.
It is important you appoint an expert lawyer to explain the mediation procedure to you. Our mediation experts will ensure you are fully prepared for the process, and assist you in securing the very best possible outcome for your case.
Mediation Lawyers Leeds
Family Law Leeds solicitors can advise on the mediation procedure on your behalf, providing specialist in depth legal guidance, and representation that fits your given circumstance.
We will guide you through the process no matter what your circumstances, and you can feel confident your case is being handled by a team who cares. To discuss your specific circumstances with one of our expert solicitors, call now on 0113 519 0394 or complete our online enquiry form and someone from our team will be in touch. We look forward to helping you start your new life with confidence.
Contact Family Law Solicitors in Leeds Today
Our team of dedicated family law experts are on hand to deal with any family issues you might have. We know how difficult going through family law issues can be for you and your family. Our expert team endeavour to provide all our clients with a friendly, professional and reliable experience.
If you have any family law matters you wish to take care of then we suggest you contact us immediately. Speaking to a solicitor early in the process minimises problems and ensures that you get the best outcome for your circumstances.
We ensure the impact on your life is minimal, and in particular disruption to any children under the age of 16 is negligible. If you wish to speak to a member of team today then do not hesitate to contact us.