Bristol Family Solicitors
Mediation is a process where you seek to resolve your differences with the help of a neutral third party known as a mediator. There job is to take an objective view of the dispute, listen to the arguments from both sides, and try to find some common ground so an agreement can be reached. If the dispute requires it, additional mediators with specialist knowledge of particular areas of Family Law may be involved; but no matter how many mediators are involved, they will always remain impartial.
The Advantages of Mediation
As a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, the process of mediation can help to resolve issues that traditionally might have been settled in court. Even those whose dispute has already gone to court may benefit from mediation, as this can help them reach a voluntary agreement and reduce the amount of time they have to spend in the court room.
Although mediation works very well when both parties are able to communicate openly and there’s very little animosity towards each other, all that’s really needed for the Mediation process to achieve its aim is a commitment from each party to resolve their differences and reach a settlement. Mediation can help to keep the lines of communication open so that the parties can maintain a workable relationship once proceedings have finished, which could be vital in cases where children are involved.
Instances where mediation may not work
In situations where one or both of the parties involved aren’t committed to finding a solution, it’s very unlikely that the mediation process will be able to help them. Another instance where mediation may not be the best option is when one partner or their property might be at risk from the other party during the mediation process. In these cases, and situations where an aspect of the law needs clarification, involving the courts may be a better approach.
If you feel your Family Law issue may be resolved with the help of a mediator, trained solicitors in our Bristol Family Solicitors office will be able to advise you on the best way to start the mediation process.