At AWD Law we have two family Mediator’s, Oi-Yuyn Wong. Both Amanda and Oi-Yuyn trained to be Mediators with a nationwide organisation called Resolution. Resolution is an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales who believe in a constructive resolution to family law matters. Amanda and Oi-Yuyn are also family lawyers so they have up to date experience when dealing with family law matters. Amanda and Oi-Yuyn firmly believe that the mediation process needs Mediators who are up to date with the current law so as to give couples the best possible legal information.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process for couples, whether or not legally represented, who agree to attend mediation to try to reach an agreement arising as a result of a separation. A Mediator can assist with all issues relating to separation, divorce, children issues, property and financial issues. By a voluntary process, we mean all those taking part in the process must be willing to do so; however, there is now a trend toward court-compulsory mediation, which encourages more parties to reach out of court settlements.
What is the Mediator’s role?
The role of a Mediator is to remain impartial and unbiased towards a couple; they are there to help a couple reach an out of court settlement. The Mediator cannot give a couple specific legal advice but they can help a couple by giving information about the legal process. Throughout mediation a couple can seek legal advice from their lawyers between meetings. Where there is a particular issue which the Mediator feels that legal advice should be sought, the couples will be recommended to take such legal advice before the next mediation session. The Mediator will not make any decision for you but will help you to consider if proposals will work and reality test proposals with you both.
Why go to mediation?
- It can improve communication between a couple so as to reduce conflict and bitterness
- Mediation is generally much quicker then applying for a court case as court cases can take months to conclude
- It keeps you in control of the process and gives you more say about the outcome rather than a Judge make the decision for you
- It is far cheaper than long drawn out court cases
- It can help children because if their parents are communicating it can reduce any conflict around the children
How does mediation work?
The process begins with either of you or your lawyer contacting us to confirm that you wish to attend mediation. Either Amanda or Oi-Yuyn will then have a telephone discussion with both of you to discuss mediation and explain to you more about the procedure. We will discuss with you the cost of mediation which is normally shared between you both, this is likely to be significantly less than the court process.
Providing you are both willing to attend mediation, we will send out to you an information form for you to complete and return to us before the first mediation session. Each mediation session usually lasts 1 ½ hours and there will be several sessions of mediation arranged which will depend on the issues you need to resolve. If there are financial issues to resolve, each party will exchange disclosure of their financial circumstances which is an important part of the process. You can consult with your lawyers at any time throughout the procedure. Any discussions which take place throughout mediation will remain confidential, however, any financial documents which you provide will not be treated as confidential and can be shown to your lawyers or the court (in the event mediation breaks down).
If you reach an agreement at mediation, we will draft a proposed agreement for you to take to your lawyer for advice before the agreement is then drawn up into a legally binding document.
If you would like more details about our mediation service, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or by telephone on 01329 232314 and we will put you through to the correct person who can help you.