Family mediation Ipswich is growing in popularity as a means of resolving conflict and reaching agreements regarding children, finances, or, in some cases, both.
The mediation Ipswich process consists of the following steps:
Consultation with a mediator Ipswich.
The process begins with either party or their respective solicitor referring the other to a family mediation Ipswich service. The referral will include the parties’ contact information and a brief explanation of the issues they wish to mediate.
Information and Assessment Session for Mediation (MIAM).
Following initial contact with the parties, each party is invited to attend a MIAM. The mediator will meet with each party separately during this appointment. The purpose of this appointment is for the mediator to meet with each party and determine whether mediation Ipswich is appropriate for the issues at hand, as well as to ascertain whether both parties are willing to attend.
If the mediator determines that mediation Ipswich is not appropriate or if one party declines to attend, the mediator may provide the party who did attend their own MIAM with a formally signed C100 form (for child applications) or a signed copy of Form A form (for financial applications) allowing them to initiate court proceedings.
Session of Joint Mediation Ipswich.
Once all parties have started attending their MIAMs and the mediator has determined that both parties are suitable to move ahead with mediation, the next step in the process is to enable a joint mediation Ipswich session. Previous to the session, the mediator will have sent each party a client care package, which will include a letter of engagement, an agreement to mediate, a funding agreement, and, in financial cases, a financial disclosure booklet.
Throughout the session, the parties will have the opportunity to sit down with the mediator and discuss their respective positions and desired outcome. The mediator will assist the parties in considering the available options in light of what each party has proposed and determining their viability. The purpose of this session is to narrow the issues at hand and attempt to reach a general agreement that is acceptable to both parties. A typical mediation Ipswich process consists of two or three sessions, but additional sessions may be required depending on the nature of the issues to be resolved.
Documentation of the mediation Ipswich.
Following each mediation Ipswich session, the mediator will prepare a mediation record summarising the issues discussed, any proposals advanced, and any tasks remaining before the next session. After the parties reach an overall agreement, the mediator will draught a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Open Financial Statement (OFS). Only in financial mediation cases is the OFS prepared. It contains a summary of each party’s financial information.
The mediation Ipswich paperwork is not legally enforceable, and the parties must take it to a solicitor to formalise the agreement, for example, by drafting a consent order.
What is Online Family Mediation and How Does It Work?
Before mediation Ipswich can begin, each party must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, more commonly referred to as a MIAM. During this initial session, the mediator educates the parties about how mediation can help, and each party has the opportunity to speak with the mediator alone but describe their current situation. At the conclusion of the session, the mediator will determine whether mediation is an appropriate method for resolving the dispute, and each party will decide whether or not to attend a joint session. If both the mediator and the parties respond affirmatively, the mediator will convene a joint session of the parties and the mediator. Where mediation is to take place online, we offer a variety of video call applications to our clients. If an individual owns a mobile phone or tablet device, video calls can be made by downloading a simple app, or by using a more conventional computer or laptop. The following methods are available for video calls: Microsoft Teams; Zoom; Skype; Facebook Messenger; Facetime; If a client has access to one of the programmes mentioned above, we can arrange for online mediation Ipswich. We frequently recommend Zoom to our clients because it enables video conferencing with multiple participants and allows parties to share documents and screens.
For financial mediation Ipswich meetings, each party will offer up their financial statement via email or Zoom, as applicable, and it will be decided to share with the other party. The mediator will discuss the financial disclosure process during the individual MIAM appointment. The mediator is most likely to work on preparing documents such as an asset schedule prior to the joint session to ensure that the session is as productive as possible.
Online Shuttle Dispute Resolution
Certain parties prefer to avoid face-to-face interaction with their ex-partner throughout mediation Ipswich and prefer that it be conducted via shuttle. Traditionally, this is the stage during which the mediator travels between the parties’ separate rooms. Shuttle mediations Ipswich can also be conducted online, with the mediator communicating with each party via video call.
Why does one choose mediation Ipswich?
When we are dealing with our own emotions, it is sometimes difficult to consider the feelings of our former partner or spouse and the impact of any decisions made on them and any children involved.
Individuals can use mediation Ipswich to assist them with child custody arrangements, divorce proceedings, and/or financial matters by initiating communication with their ex-partner/spouse, discussing issues together, and agreeing on a plan that works for the entire family.
One of the primary benefits of mediation Ipswich is that as mediators, we recognise that you, as parents, are best equipped to make decisions that benefit your family. The mediator’s role is to facilitate those discussions and to assist you in considering the implications of your decisions for both of you and, most importantly, for the children.
If family mediation Ipswich is successful, the mediator will document any agreed-upon proposals in a document called a memorandum of understanding. Financial data will be recorded in an open financial statement. This documentation is then forwarded to you, your ex-partner/spouse, and any other legal representatives who have been appointed. With the consent of both parties, your legal representatives can use the documentation to draught a legally binding document in financial matters. This will then be submitted to the Court for approval without the need to appear in court.
By opting for mediation Ipswich, you can avoid contested Court proceedings, allowing you and your former spouse/partner to retain control of the decision-making process rather than leaving it to the Judge’s discretion.
There are numerous additional advantages to choosing mediation Ipswich over the lengthy and costly process of court proceedings, including the following:
- Reduced legal fees.
- Contributes to the reduction of hostility between parties.
- Concentrates on the child’s interests, assisting you in collaborating as parents.
- Contributes to improved communication and a focus on the future rather than the past.
- The process is less stressful.
- For most cases, mediation Ipswich tends to take place face to face, which allows you to hear each other’s perspectives and communicate directly, rather than through solicitors.
- Allows you to create a completely customizable and one-of-a-kind set of proposals, tailored to your family’s unique circumstances.
- Even if mediation Ipswich does not result in a final resolution, it enables both parties to gain a better understanding of the other’s perspective and to identify the case’s real issues. Additionally, in financial matters, each party can return to their respective solicitors with partially or completely completed financial disclosure, reducing the amount of work required of the solicitors and thus saving time and money.