Mediation Process

When you arrive at Choice Mediation you will be shown to a room where you and the other participant will sit around a table with the Mediator and discuss what you both want to achieve out of the mediation process. Once your aims have been established, the mediator will draw up a plan of how those aims might be discussed in a productive manner. The mediator will make some notes during the discussions, and most people find it useful to receive a written summary of the mediation after each session. Often the mediator will set you tasks to complete between sessions, such as obtaining financial or practical information (such as school calendars), or considering how you feel about a particular issue. You are of course free to obtain independent legal advice throughout the mediation process, although it is very unusual to bring solicitors to the mediation sessions, and this should only be done after consultation with the mediator. The mediation process will conclude either when a consensus has been reached, or when no further progress can be made. If a consensus has been reached, this of itself is not legally binding, but the mediator will draft documents which you can hand to your solicitor to be drawn up into a legal agreement. If no consensus has been reached, the mediator will draft different documents for your solicitors which will summarise financial information (where appropriate) and detail areas where consensus has been reached and where it has not - this of itself is very helpful to solicitors looking to achieve a quick grasp of the current situation.