Mediation is a way of resolving any kind of family dispute without having to go to court. The parties appoint a mediator who is trained to help them find a way forward. The mediator has no power to impose a solution but helps the parties to reach their own agreement.
Mediation can take place either before court proceedings have been started or when they are already under way – family courts encourage the use of mediation. In many cases the parties will try to resolve their entire dispute with the help of a mediator but in others they may refer one or more issues to mediation while continuing with court proceedings over other issues.
Mediation is an informal and relatively inexpensive process. Many people prefer it for these reasons and in particular because the goal is to reach agreement. However, it is not suitable for all types of cases: for instance if the case involves a complicated matter of law or if there is a background of domestic abuse. Our mediators conduct initial screening meetings to find out whether a case is suitable.
For further details please contact the clerks.