Mediation in Reading and what is mediation?
Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process intended to assist and consider issues between parties. Anyone can attend mediation (although the focus here is on family relationships, so this can include, unmarried families, married families alike). Often parties may need to consider the following:-
The mediation process involves a Mediator who must be specifically trained and neutral throughout the process, whose main intention is to assist the parties to explore options regarding any issues that may be in dispute. In some cases, it may also be sensible to consider co-mediation as well (for example, where there are a number of different issues that need consideration) but the same mediation principles will still apply.
If the parties involved in the mediation process are able to make proposals to the other and then form an agreement through the Mediation process it is possible to form a document known as a Memorandum of Understanding that is considered fair and acceptable to all concerned, and the intention would be to avoid involving Court intervention if at all possible.
Both parties can then jointly to apply to court for the arrangements to be formalised, for example into a Minute of Consent Order or Child Arrangement Orders. This ensures that any proposals/agreements reached during the mediation process are legally binding
Either person can choose to leave the mediation process at any point.
If you think mediation could help you contact Paul on the details above.