Mediation in Cardiff Discussed by Hurlows Family Law Practice
When going through a divorce or separation, it’s understandable that tensions may be running high and that this is a very emotive time for you and your family. Although agreements can be reached, it can often be difficult to reach decisions on a range of issues from financial decisions to making arrangements for children. Having to go to court and reach agreements can be highly costly and worsen the situation between the estranged partners, so it’s highly recommended to seek the advice of a family law solicitor that is trained in mediation to help resolve issues and help to reach an agreement before having to go to court. As members of Resolution, the solicitors at Hurlows Family Law Practice always strive to reduce conflict during this very emotive time. In this article, we will discuss how we can use mediation to help you during your divorce or separation as well as discuss how mediation can be used during this difficult time. If you require mediation in Cardiff or mediation services in Cardiff then enquire with Hurlows Family Law Practice today or telephone our team now on: 029 2039 6087
Mediation During a Divorce or Separation
As mentioned, reaching agreements during a divorce or separation can be a very difficult process. As emotions are also likely running high, mediation can help in making decisions during this process and avoid a costly court battle. There’s certain agreements that are more difficult and sensitive to reach as others such as making arrangements for children and your personal finances. Making these arrangements may seem difficult to reach but through mediation, it is possible to reach solutions. If an agreement cannot be made then you will also have a team of solicitors available to advise and represent you during this time. During the mediation process, you will have a neutral mediator who are trained to identify and resolve issues.
Mediation in Cardiff With Hurlows Family Law Practice
Mediation is a method that we aim to utilise during a family law dispute or divorce. Having a neutral mediation when discussing making arrangements after a divorce or separation can be highly helpful in reaching decisions. It’s also more likely to be adhered to by both sides and can start conversations about the separation or divorce process that may not be able to be started without mediation. The mediator can also offer relevant legal and emotional advice when reaching decisions over finances and arrangements for children as well as general agreements. The team at Hurlows Family Law Practice specialise solely in Family Law, so you know that you are getting the best advice possible when being represented and supported by our team of solicitors. We also ensure that case notes are shared regularly, meaning that the entirety of our legal team is supporting you rather than just one solicitor dealing with your case. As the field of Family Law is constantly evolving, it’s very important to work with solicitors who are well informed about updates in the field of Family Law.
Making Binding Agreements From the Mediation Process
The October edition of our mediation article discusses reaching binding agreements from the mediation process.
We have discussed the mediation process in great detail and discussed how this can help reach agreements but you may be asking the question, “can the mediation process create legally binding agreements?” Yes, a mediator will write a ‘memorandum of understanding’ at the end of mediation where both parties will receive a copy. Once this is created we can ensure that this becomes a ‘consent order’ which will ensure that everyone must follow the arrangements that were agreed. When discussing finances for example, you will need to fill out a financial disclosure form which shows money coming in and going out. It’s important to be truthful when disclosing this as discrepancies later down the line may risk an agreement not being valid. This could also lead to a larger share of money being disputed in court so it’s important to carefully consider all of your finances. Collecting bank statements and bills together will let you know the money that is going out and coming in. If your ex-partner does not stick to the arrangements or to what is agreed then you are also able to take them to court over this. Mediation is a great tool that can be used to reach decisions as well as protecting you from a decision not being adhered to or respected. But how can you make decisions through mediation quickly and try to avoid a lengthy court battle?
Making Decisions With Mediation
Mediators are highly trained and specialised in reaching helping reach decisions whilst offering a fair environment where both parties feel that their views are respected and listened to equally. There are steps you can take to try and reach informed or fair decisions quickly. The mediator themselves will attempt to do this by suggesting practical steps to reach agreements as well as creating a calm atmosphere in which you can discuss all of your current issues. Usually, if you are in court then you will need to prove that you have attempted some kind of mediation to reach agreements. Even if your ex-partner refuses to visit a mediator, you can go on our own which will prove that you’ve tried mediation before going to court. You are unable to force your ex-partner to come to mediation but you are able to go by yourself. If you think that it will be difficult to reach a decision with your ex-partner, you can take steps to try and speed up the process. This could be by limiting the mediation to a few sessions so you know that you have a finite amount of sessions to reach a decision. You could also try and agree as much as possible beforehand which will help you to make more specific decisions whilst going through the mediation process. Should you be trying to reach a resolution then it’s highly recommended to speak to one of our mediation solicitors.
Contact Hurlows Family Law Practice Today
If you feel that mediation would be beneficial for your case or if you are looking for the advice of a Family Law Solicitor then it’s highly recommended to get in contact with Hurlows Family Law Practice. We can offer you the relevant legal advice that you may need as well as support you during this understandably difficult time for yourself and your family. Should you be considering mediation or think that this can help you then it’s highly recommended that you get in touch and speak to one of our friendly, professional Family Law Solicitors. If you are looking for mediation in Cardiff or divorce mediation in Cardiff then enquire with Hurlows Family Law Practice today or telephone our team directly now on: 029 2039 6087
Hurlows Family Law Practice is a valued and respected Firm of Solicitors which has been serving the Cardiff and South Wales area since 2001.