The couple attend joint meetings with the mediator. In certain circumstances, they can attend separately, but mediation works best if both can sit down round the same table with the mediator.
The role of the mediator is to “hold the balance” between the couple and make sure that one person does not try to dominate. The couple effectively set their own agenda and priorities can be identified early on.
Each person completes a detailed financial statement identifying all assets, including pensions and income. The mediator will identify assets which need to be valued and any additional information required. Once full financial disclosure has been made, settlement discussions can commence.
The mediator’s role is to assist the couple in reaching an agreement. It is crucial that the mediator understands the issues and has had extensive experience of contested hearings. The mediator will then appreciate the likely outcome had the case proceeded to a full contested hearing.
Once an agreement is reached, this can be formalised by solicitors. It is then approved by the court and converted into a binding order.
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