The first step is to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) which gives you an opportunity to find out what mediation is about, find out if it is suitable for you and your circumstances, and look at the issues you have to consider to achieve divorce or separation before taking part in full mediation.
If you and the mediator decide to continue with mediation, then a further meeting will be organised with both of you and the mediator. The mediator’s job is to make you aware of the things you need to do to achieve a legal separation and help you to gather the information, facilitate the discussions and help you develop options and solutions.
Mediators cannot give advice or act as a lawyer for either party.
Mediation is both confidential and “privileged”.
This means you are free to exchange information and ideas without the constraints of fearing these ideas may be used against you at a later date.
Because both people are working with the same base of information, it takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense to you both of them.