If you are considering going to court about separation issues you need to know that you will be required by the court to demonstrate that you have explored mediation as a means of resolving your separation issues.
What do SFMS mediators do?
- Explain the mediation process
- Assess each person’s willingness to participate
- Help separating/divorcing couples break through barriers and seek agreement
- Offer suggestions without pressure
- Check concerns about violence, intimidation and child safety
- Prepare documents required to draw up legally binding agreements
- Provide additional, helpful sources of advice and information
- Skype is an option for mediation
Who can use the mediation service?
- Couples going through separation or divorce
- Parents seeking to discuss arrangements for their children
- We are a committed equal opportunities service and welcome referrals from LGBT couples
- Grandparents or other relatives seeking to discuss arrangements for time with children
What can be discussed in mediation?
- Future arrangements for children
- All financial issues associated with separation and divorce
- How arrangements can be made legally binding
- Any other issues which are important to the separating/divorcing couple and their family
Can children have a voice in mediation?
Yes they can and we offer a FREE Child Consultation [link from word to Child Consultation page] to children (over 8 years old) to speak confidentially with a mediator.
Mediators do not:
- Provide counselling – we can give you a list of recognised counsellors
- Give advice – your solicitor will help you with legal advice
- Make decisions – all decisions are made by separating/divorcing couples
- Communicate with you in between appointments – the mediators are impartial
- Make reports for courts or other agencies – discussions in mediation are not disclosed to 3rd parties