According to Family Mediation Reigate, its use by families to manage dispute and establish agreements over children, finances, or in some cases both, is on the rise.
There are several stages to the mediation process, and each of these stages may be further divided into the following categories:
1. Participation in a mediation session is the first step
From the outset of the procedure, you will be requested to provide a reference to a family mediation service in Reigate that you are familiar with. Due to the fact that this is what is expected of you The lawyer for the party in question, or either of the parties, can pursue this action if they so want. To make the suggestion, the mediation service will be given with both parties’ contact information and a description of the disputes they seek to settle through mediation, as well as their respective contact information.
2. As a means of sharing information and conducting evaluations on mediation, a meeting will be held (MIAM)
After the initial interaction with the parties, the second phase is for each party to attend an MIAM. Complete this stage following initial contact with the parties. The mediator will meet with each of the parties one-on-one during this visit to discuss the matter in further detail. The mediator will meet with both parties to see if mediation is suitable for the current situation and to see if both parties are willing to attend mediation. This appointment is for this reason only. In order to assess if mediation is suitable for the current situation, the mediator will meet with both parties during this appointment. The purpose of this meeting is to determine if mediation is the best approach for the current set of difficulties, and if it is, then that will be the outcome of this meeting.
For cases involving children or funds, the mediation can offer the party that attended their MIAM with either a duly signed C100 form or a duly signed Form A form, allowing that party to proceed with court procedures. If the mediator thinks that mediation is not suitable or if one of the parties does not intend to attend, the mediation can do so. It is possible for either the mediator or one of the parties to determine that the mediation process is not acceptable, so long as the mediator has the authority and ability to do so. Any of the options outlined above are open to the mediator in the event that he or she believes the mediation process is ineffective or if one or both parties refuses to participate.
3. Conjoined Mediation Session Attendance
Next, a joint mediation session will be facilitated. After both parties have attended their MIAMs, the mediator has assessed that both parties are suitable for Family Mediation Reigate, and both parties have stated that they intend to proceed with Family Mediation Reigate. This step of the procedure will be started if both parties have signalled their decision to continue with the family mediation process. Prior to the mediation, the mediator will send a care package to each of the parties. A letter of engagement from the client, an agreement to mediate, a funding agreement, and a financial disclosure booklet will all be included if money is an issue.
When the parties and mediator get an opportunity to sit down together throughout the course of the session, they may discuss their various points of view and the sort of agreement they would want to see realised. It is the mediator’s job to help the parties in determining whether or not the various options available can be executed with the mediator’s guidance. This meeting’s goal is to focus on the most pressing issues and find a solution that meets the needs of both parties in the most thorough way possible. The normal number of sessions in mediation is two or three, although the number of sessions required might vary greatly from case to case depending on the nature of the conflicts to be addressed.
4 A record of the mediation process
Every time a session of Family Mediation Reigate concludes, the mediator begins writing a record of the proceedings. Included in this paper is a summary of the topics discussed, along with a list of any recommendations and tasks to be completed before our next meeting. The mediator will go on to the next step of the procedure if all of the parties’ concerns have been addressed and resolved to their satisfaction. Part of this stage involves the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding and an Open Financial Statement (OFS). Only when financial mediation is required does the OFS provide a statement of the financial facts that each party owns. When financial mediation is needed, this paper is created.
After a mediation session, if the parties wish to make the agreement official, such as by signing a consent order, they will need to take the documents to an attorney. After that, the lawyer will look over the documents to see if the parties have satisfied the formalisation criteria. The attorney will review the documentation and evaluate whether or not the parties have reached an agreement. Mediation material does not have legal weight.
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