Lawyer assisted mediation. It sounds, at first hearing, like an oxymoron. Lawyers and Mediators? Together? REALLY? But aren’t they natural-born enemies like cats and dogs, or statues and Pigeons? Sadly, for mediators and solicitors who haven’t quite caught up with the realities of public need or current “good practice”, this is still the case.
Family Mediation Council accredited mediators such as New Landscape Mediation in Essex understand that the work of lawyers and mediators is inextricably linked.
The solutions an accredited mediator can help you create ultimately have to re-enter the legal arena and get ratified by a judge. Also, you will almost certainly benefit from having legal advice from your solicitor at various points during the mediation, and by choosing a mediator who can, and will work alongside your solicitor is crucial. Having your legal representative working alongside your mediator will ultimately save you substantial time and money or having either professional working alone, towards their own agendas.
New Landscape Mediation regularly involve our client’s solicitors to assist them in providing valuable legal advice at certain junctures within mediation, as well as having them directly involved in meetings where appropriate. When choosing a mediator to assist you through your divorce in reaching a sensible and fair financial settlement, in addition to ensuring that your mediator is Family Mediation Council accredited, ask them about their policy in regards to the direct help and/or assistance or your solicitor as well.
You have a right to have a team of skilled professionals working together for the well-being of your financial future, as well as that of your children and at New Landscape Mediation we will ensure you have just that.
Lawyer assisted mediation means that the overall solution you arrive at is still very much driven by the mediation process rather than a legal battle through the Court. It does however ensure that you have the best of both professionals to help you create the best new landscape possible for your future following your divorce.
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