FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the purpose of mediation to help us get back together?
    No.  Mediation is for couples who are separated, or in the process of separating or divorcing.  It offers you the chance to talk about, manage and resolve issues arising from the breakdown of your relationship.
     
  2. Do I have to represented by a solicitor to go through mediation?
    No.  Many people decide to come to mediation themselves.  Simply telephone our office number above and we will take some basic details (name, address, telephone number) and arrange for one of our mediators to call you back.  However, we cannot give legal advice – and recommend that you speak to a solicitor as well as coming to mediation.
     
  3. How can I found out more about mediation before committing to going ahead with it?
    Before committing to the mediation process you are welcome to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.  This can take place over the telephone or at a face to face meeting.  If you have a solicitor that has referred you to mediation it is likely that this will be the first step.  The mediator will explain more about how mediation works.  As mediation is a totally voluntary process you or your partner may decide that it is not right for you.  This is fine and you simply need to advise us of this and if appropriate we will issue you or your solicitor with an FM1 form.  This form confirms to the court, if proceedings are to be issued, that you have undertaken the initial information meeting.
     
  4. Can I attend full mediation on my own?
    No.  Mediation is a two way process that involves both parties and a mediator(s) discussing any of the family issues that need to be settled.
     
  5. How long will the mediation process take?
    When we receive the initial referral form we will speak to you both at the earliest opportunity.  If either of you are not willing to mediate then we will return any paperwork and the FM1, subject to payment for the initial meeting, to you or your solicitor.

    If you are both willing to mediate we will assess whether the other party will need to attend an information meeting also and if appropriate we will arrange this as soon as possible.  It is often the case that the initial discussion can take place over the telephone during our initial contact with you both.

    Mediation will then be arranged as soon as possible, subject to your availability.  Any further mediation sessions will be arranged at a timescale to suit both of you and the mediator.

    Each mediation session takes between 1 ½ and 2 hours.  Each case is different but typically will require between 2 and 4 sessions, depending on the complexity of the case.
     
  6. Can I telephone the mediator outside of the mediation sessions to raise issues / ask questions?
    Ideally no. Mediators are there to help you both and need to remain impartial.  Anything that is disclosed to the mediator outside of the joint mediation meetings will need to be discussed with the other party to enable the mediation to continue.
     
  7. Is the outcome legally binding?
    No, but the summary prepared by the mediator once mediation is complete can be given to your solicitor to be incorporated into a Court Order or a legally binding agreement.
     
  8. How much will it cost?
    Please refer to our How much will it cost page for full details of the costs of mediation.
     
  9. Where will the mediation sessions take place?
    At Positive Family Mediation we have the benefit of our mediators working from many locations throughout Coventry, Warwickshire and surrounding areas.  We are therefore able to arrange the mediation sessions at locations that are convenient to you both.
     
  10. Is Mediation Confidential?
    Yes, however, if you or any other person is at risk of serious harm we may be obliged to notify the relevant authorities. Mediators also have a legal obligation to report any suspected fraud, such as benefit fraud, tax evasion, undeclared income or money laundering.
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