Family Mediation – with a trained, professional Mediator – is available through video conference. This service works to the high safety and confidentiality standards of the Family Mediation Council, and of course it is safe to use during the current restrictions. The safety of service users is always the first consideration of Mediators and is covered by a video conference with each party separately in advance of any joint video meeting. Mediation using a secure video conference can be arranged quickly, parties will not have to meet, and the Mediator will control the session so that both parties can be properly heard.
During Mediation, an independent trained Mediator helps you and your ex-partner work out an agreement about:
- Arrangements for children after a break up
- Child Maintenance payments and finances
- New or revised arrangements during the current restrictions on movement
- Temporary arrangements that can be looked at again when circumstances change
Many people find that Mediation is quicker, less stressful and less expensive than going to court, and in most cases the court will expect you to consider Mediation seriously before going to court. A Mediator helps you and your ex-partner, without being on anyone’s ‘side’.
A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is usually required before you can go to court, where it is safe to take place. The safety of both parties will be carefully considered before any meeting. Where at least one party is eligible, Legal Aid will cover the costs of both parties to attend the MIAM.
Many Mediators normally offer a service for children to be heard and included in Mediation. Some Mediation Services are offering Child Inclusive Mediation by video link. You can talk this through with your Mediator who will advise you whether it is possible.