Often couples would like to resolve outstanding issues by way of direct discussion rather than having a third party negotiate on their behalf. Sometimes they find that they are frightened to talk about certain issues in front of their spouse directly or that their emotional responses are getting in the way of the discussion. In such cases, it may be appropriate to involve a mediator.
Frank and James are trained mediators and members of the Family Mediation Association and see their role as a mediator to facilitate the discussion and, if appropriate, provide general legal information to enable the discussion to move forward. The process is confidential and voluntary and Frank and James’ role as a mediator is, in every case, impartial. Should you choose to use Paradigm’s mediation service, it will remain open to you to retain your own solicitor to advise you as to appropriateness of any agreement reached at mediation and Frank and James can explain this to you if you wish.
A successful mediation results in a Memorandum of Understanding which records the agreement reached. Where appropriate, this can be used as the basis for an order for the court’s approval.
If you would like to find out more about mediation and your options please contact Frank or James for further information.