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 6 of this series, I will describe what the thinking and planning that occurs once we’ve met with you both to determine the best way forward for your needs.
At this stage of your mediation, we’ve had an opportunity to meet with you both for an initial, pre-mediation MIAM. Now that we have a good sense of the needs, wishes and concerns of each of you, we can really begin to get to work on behalf of you both. As said before, despite certain similarities in needs for all of our clients, no two clients have exactly the same needs and will require slightly different approaches.
Understanding your particular needs around your children, will enable us to determine whether we can develop a children’s arrangements plan that only needs to cover a few major topics, or need to create a more complex plan that dots all possible “I”s and any required “T”s. For some families it might be extremely helpful for the children to meet directly with the mediator to express their wishes, whilst for other families this would be overkill.
In terms of financial solutions, some of our clients come to us with something already kind of worked out, whilst others are starting from complete scratch. Either way, once your mediator understands your needs we will be able to precisely design a plan of action for your specific situation. In this, we will describe precisely what you will need in mediation in order to save you significant time and money in creating your solution, as well as ensuring that you are both as involved in your own futures as much as you possibly can be.
The next several blogs in this series will describe the process of financial mediation, and then we will discuss children’s arrangements. 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.