Formerly Central London Collaborative Forum

Mediation plus

Mediation is a way of resolving disputes and difficult issues between separating couples. It is a very flexible process. You can use mediation to deal with some of the issues between you and your former partner or alternatively choose to try and resolve everything through mediation.

Mediation is conducted with the assistance of a mediator.  Mediators have to undergo training to practice as mediators.  A mediator will meet each of you together and with your help will identify the issues which are in dispute and help you try and reach agreement.

Mediators are neutral and do not take sides. They do not give advice. Normally each of you will already have your own solicitors and if advice is needed you will be able to take advice from them.

Sometimes it is possible for your lawyers to be more directly involved and indeed attend meetings with you and a mediator. This is often called lawyer assisted mediation.

Once you have reached agreement if your lawyer is not present then the mediator will prepare a memorandum of understanding.  It is a summary of what has been agreed.  If financial information has been exchanged then this financial information will normally be attached to the summary prepared by the mediator.

You would then normally seek advice from your lawyers and if you are still happy with the proposals the lawyers will convert the summary into a legally binding document and if it is necessary to apply to the Court for an Order they will ensure that that is done.

If your lawyers have been present at the mediation process and agree what is reached then they will normally draft the agreement or draft Court Order if necessary at the end of the mediation session.

Many CFL members are trained mediators and some have trained to carry out lawyer assisted mediation.

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A way of resolving difficult issues between couples with the help of a trained mediator.

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