A Court process can be long and costly. As Machins we offer an alternative to court proceedings through mediation and collaborative law.
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential and out of court process that can help people make practical arrangements following a separation, whether it is in relation to children, property or finances. Neither parties are bound by the mediation process and are therefore free to negotiate and consider all of the options open to them. The mediator does not provide legal advice and acts impartially helping people to make decisions that work best for them. Mediation can be tried at any stage of the divorce process and it can achieve an early agreement about a specific issue or deal with all of the implications of a separation.
During the mediation process either can seek ongoing legal advice alongside the mediation. If agreement is reached solicitors will draft this agreement to form a Consent Order. Even if mediation does not resolve all the issues, it can still help narrow the issues between the parties.
Our trained and qualified mediations have many years of experience in dealing with every aspect of a separation. Mediation is suitable for parents, married couples, couples who have cohabited, divorced couples, civil partners and extended family members who may for instance wish to agree arrangements in seeing children.