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A gladiatorial approach to divorce or other relationship issues is actively discouraged by the legal system these days – and in many cases a court won’t even let you commence proceedings unless you can prove you’ve considered using mediation instead.

The aim is to encourage you and your partner to agree on as much as possible before the courts become involved, saving time, money and unnecessary stress.

The mediator is neutral, so won’t take sides or offer you advice. Instead, he will meet you both, discover the issues you disagree on, and try to help you find a solution.

If the mediator is also a lawyer, he will be able to offer general legal information – but not advice – to both of you, as he has to remain impartial.

You’re entitled to obtain your own legal advice in between mediation sessions, of course, and once the mediator has drawn up an agreement that you and your partner can live with, you should discuss the proposal with your lawyer.

Once everyone is happy with it, both sets of lawyers will convert the agreement into a legally-binding document and help you implement it.

But should you decide that mediation is not for you and you’d prefer to go to court, you’ll have to obtain a certificate from a mediator to show that you’ve had a meeting with him before reaching your decision.

We’re happy to discuss your options with you – and if you need a qualified mediator, we have one in our Family Law team. If you already have a mediator but need separate legal advice, we can help with that, too.

Just give us a call now on 01752664444 and you’ll be one step nearer a solution.