Family mediation is here to stay. But how does it work? What actually happens? How can you make sure the settlements reached are fair, and what do couples who mediate have to do? The purpose of this 12-part series is to attempt to answer those questions specifically – at least as it applies for those who choose New Landscape Mediation to help them create their solutions. Whether we are working with clients from our main offices near Stansted airport in Essex, our offices in central London, or in Cambridge, this series of blogs will better help you to understand how we go about saving our clients up to £20,000 each over a more traditional, solicitor led settlement solution.
Here in part 5 of this series, I will describe the efforts we make on your behalf immediately after your initial, pre-mediation MIAM meeting.
Immediately after your MIAM is where the mediators at New Landscape Mediation really get to work. On the basis that you and your mediator feel that mediation offers the inexpensive and timely solution you are looking for, we will then contact your former partner on your behalf so that you don’t have to have this initial conversation with them. We approach this contact with great sensitivity and in fact will discuss the various methods available during your MIAM. This is in recognition of the fact that some people will respond better to a phone call, whilst others might prefer a letter or an email. Either way this contact is gentle and is designed to engage your former partner in a dialogue about using mediation to create your settlement solution. There is no cost to either of you for this work, it is simply part of the personalised service we offer.
When we do make contact with your former partner, we speak with them over the telephone about mediation and your desire to create solutions to the financial or parenting issues stemming from your separation with as little emotional or financial costs as possible. We’ll offer them the same opportunity to attend an initial, pre-mediation MIAM as you had. Through this personal and direct approach, we have a very high success rate in engaging even the most frightened, or stubborn of former partners.
After meeting with you both, we will then have a clear sense of the situation from your different perspectives. This allows us to then begin developing a personalised plan of mediation for your families’ needs and that is the topic of the next blog in this series. If you would like more information about any aspect of this series, please contact our offices on 01279 211 657 or send us an email for a fully confidential discussion of your needs.