If you want to make an application to court in relation to finances or your children, you will first of all have to see a mediator for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.
This is an opportunity for you to find out more about mediation, how it may help to resolve your issues without the expense and time delays of going to court, and how mediation can be a much more positive and constructive way of resolving disputes.
As well as being a compulsory part of any potential court application, an initial meeting with your mediator is an essential aspect to help you decide if mediation is for you. At Lighthouse Mediation we always see both parties individually before any joint session. This gives both of you the opportunity of meeting Nicky Gough your mediator on your own so that you can ask any questions or share any concerns you may have.
An initial meeting with the mediator or MIAMS usually lasts 30 – 45 minutes and costs £100. Nicky will explain the mediation process in detail and answer any questions you may have. You and your partner will be invited to meet with the mediator separately. If your partner chooses not to attend a meeting and does not want to mediate, then Nicky will sign the necessary paperwork to enable you to make an application to court. However Nicky is committed to trying to make mediation a viable option for everyone. Going to court is an expensive process – in time, money and emotionally. It does not help parties separate constructively. If you are parents, you are going to have to maintain some sort of relationship – mediation can help the process of separation be less painful for you and better for your children.
Children generally want and need to maintain a good relationship with both their parents. They will be affected by your separation to a greater or lesser extent not only during their childhood, but throughout their lives. Mediation can help to make the process less damaging for the whole family.