FAMILY AND DIVORCE
Out of joint assets and savings will come significant fees if the matter goes to court.
Sorting out the finances as soon as is possible will save this expenditure and give the parties peace of mind.
If you are unable to sort it out between yourselves or with your lawyers, the natural tendency is to take it to court for a judge to decide what is fair. By taking this course you lose control of the outcome and it can be stressful and expensive for both as the cost comes from the joint funds.
If you both want to sort out disputes about your home, finances and children mediation has proved to be successful in the majority of cases.
Mediation can avoid the stress of court, the expense of court and can produce results quickly as it can be arranged to suit you both, at any stage of your negotiations, within days or weeks.
The mediator is an impartial, independent, professional facilitator who will help you both look at the options open to you to resolve your disputes in a process where you both have the opportunity to contribute to the outcome and have your say.
During the day the mediator will help the paties individually and often together to understand the realistic options open to them. This process reduces the natural tension that may exist, helps to dispel any anger and will clear up any misunderstandings between you by encouraging communication.
It is important to recognise that a mediation is not counselling or marriage guidance; the mediator is not a judge who will decide on the outcome; nor is the mediator there to advise either or both parties; mediation is voluntary and it is completely confidential; no solution will be imposed and either party may end the mediation at any time.
At the end of the mediation both should feel that neither has won or lost, rather that a sensible solution that you both can live with has been reached.
It is important that both parties have legal advice and your lawyer may attend the mediation to assist you. Your lawyer may be able to advise you on mediation but if in doubt you or your lawyer should contact Immediate to discuss whether your case would be suitable for mediation. There is no charge for this discussion.
The length of and number of sessions will depend on the nature of the problems and the wishes of the parties. Because there may be strong emotions and tensions it may be that a number of short sessions is advisable. This will be discussed with the mediator, the lawyers and the parties well in advance of the start of mediation.
The advantages are not just financial by reducing the legal costs of going to court but the parties retain control over the outcome so that nothing is imposed upon them; a fair and just solution is reached by consent; the process reduces stress for the parties; it attempts to cut through feelings of anger and hurt; both parties have the opportunity to be heard in a private environment and; the agreement reached is drawn up by the lawyers and made into a formal court order.
Contact Immediate to discuss whether mediation is suitable for you. Before the nmediation you will know precisely the cost to you for the session you have chosen and there will be no hidden extras.