Family mediation Ipswich is becoming more popular as a way for families to resolve disputes over children, finances, or both.
The following steps are involved in the mediation Ipswich process:
Mediation Ipswich referral.
The first step is for either party or their lawyer to refer to a family mediation Ipswich service. The referral will include both parties’ contact information and a brief explanation of the issues they wish to mediate.
Meeting for Mediation Assessment (MIAM).
Following initial contact, each party is required to attend an MIAM. The mediator will meet with each party separately. The mediator will meet with each party to assess whether mediation Ipswich is appropriate for the issues at hand and whether both parties are willing to attend mediation.
So long as one party attends the MIAM and the other does not, the mediator Ipswich can issue a signed copy C100 form (for child applications) or Form A (for financial services) to the party who attended.
Joint Mediation Ipswich.
After both parties have attended their MIAMs and the mediator has deemed both parties suitable, the next step is to facilitate a joint mediation Ipswich session. It will include a client engagement letter, a contract for mediation, a funding agreement, and in financial cases a financial disclosure booklet.
During the session, the parties will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and hopes for the outcome. The mediator will assist the parties in evaluating the options presented by each party. This session’s goal is to narrow the issues and reach a mutually acceptable agreement. A typical mediation process takes 2 or 3 sessions, but depending on the issues, more may be required.
Each session ends with a mediation Ipswich record that summarises the issues discussed, any proposals made, and any tasks due before the next session. After both parties have agreed on the overall agreement, the mediator will draught an MOU and an Open Financial Statement (OFS). The OFS is only prepared in financial mediation cases and summarises each party’s finances.
The mediation Ipswich paperwork is not legally binding, so the parties will need to consult a lawyer to formalise their agreement, e.g., create a consent order.
What is Online Family Mediation Ipswich?
Each party must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before mediation can begin. During this first session, the mediator explains how mediation Ipswich can help and each party can speak privately with the mediator about their situation. Finally, the mediator will decide whether mediation Ipswich is a good way to resolve the conflict, and each party will decide whether they want to attend a joint session. If both the mediator and the parties say yes, the mediator will convene a joint session with the parties. For online mediations, we provide our clients with a variety of video call applications. Video calls can be made using a smartphone or tablet, or a computer or laptop. Video calls can be made in several ways: Zoom; Skype; Microsoft Teams; Facetime; An online mediation Ipswich is possible if a client has one of the above programmes. We often recommend Zoom to our clients because it allows for multi-person video conferencing, document sharing, and screen sharing.
For financial mediation Ipswich sessions, each party submits their financial disclosure via email or Zoom, which is shared with the other party. The mediator will discuss financial disclosure in the individual MIAM appointment. To make the joint session as productive as possible, the mediator will likely prepare documents such as an asset schedule before the session.
Shuttle Mediation Ipswich
Some parties prefer to avoid direct contact with their ex-partner during mediation Ipswich and prefer a shuttle format. Traditionally, the mediator moves between the parties’ rooms. Online shuttle mediations allow the mediator to video call each party back and forth.
When dealing with our own emotions, it’s sometimes difficult to consider our former partner’s or spouse’s feelings, as well as any children.
Mediation Ipswich can help with child custody, divorce, and financial issues by allowing you to talk with your ex-spouse and come up with a plan that works for the whole family.
Mediation recognises that as parents, you are best placed to make decisions for your family. The mediator’s role is to help you think about how these decisions will affect you both and, most importantly, the kids.
A successful family mediation Ipswich outcome is documented in a memorandum of understanding. Any financial information provided will be kept open. To you, your ex-partner/spouse, and any legal representatives. Your legal representatives can use the documentation to draught a legally binding document in financial matters. In divorce proceedings, the Court will approve this without the need for a court appearance.
The decision-making power is retained by you and your former spouse/partner, rather than being handed over to a Judge’s discretion.
Mediation Ipswich has many advantages over lengthy and costly court proceedings, including:
- Lawyer savings
- Reduces party hostility.
- Focuses on the child’s interests, assisting you as parents.
- Improves communication and looks to the future.
- Procedural lessening
- Mediation is usually done in person, rather than through solicitors, so you can hear each other’s perspectives.
- Allows you to create a completely unique set of proposals for your family.
- Even if mediation doesn’t resolve the issue, it helps both parties understand the other’s point of view and the case’s real issues. To reduce the amount of work required by the solicitors, each party can return to their respective solicitors with a partially or fully completed financial disclosure.