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Where can I get an FM1 form?


If your case is not suitable for mediation you will still need to show the judge why by filling in a FM1 form. Click here to download the form

Where can I get an FM1 form?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

What happens after mediation?


At the end of the mediation process, your mediator will explain to you how to obtain legal advice about any proposals the two of you have produced together and how you may convert them into a legally binding agreement and/or a court order. Proposals relating to children often do not need to be turned into [...]

What happens after mediation?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

Is mediation legally binding?


Nothing agreed in mediation is in itself legally binding, or even something that can be discussed in any future legal proceedings. This means that you can discuss all the options freely without worrying that you are going to commit yourself to something that you later realise will not suit you. However, you can both, after [...]

Is mediation legally binding?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Can I change my mind after mediation?


Nothing you do or say during a mediation will create a legally binding agreement. At the end of the mediation process, your mediator will explain to you how to turn your ideas into a legally binding agreement and/or a court order, which normally includes getting legal advice.

Can I change my mind after mediation?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Should I get legal advice?


Some people find it helpful to have legal advice during mediation. For example, legal advice may be helpful for: Advising on any legal matter connected with your mediation discussions Advising on the proposal reached through mediation Turning the written agreement into a legally binding document, such as a consent order Supporting you in preparing divorce papers for the [...]

Should I get legal advice?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

Can I represent myself in court?


You can take your case to court yourself instead of using a lawyer (solicitor or barrister). For most people, the court and the way it works is unfamiliar. So make sure you are clear about the steps you need to take, including what the court will need to have before any hearing.Court staff can’t give you advice [...]

Can I represent myself in court?2017-03-13T15:49:44+00:00

Do I have to go to court?


There are a number of ways of dealing with family matters without having to make an application to the court. A divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership can only be granted by a court but this can be done without actually going to a hearing at court. For many people, sorting out arrangements for children and agreeing how [...]

Do I have to go to court?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

Can mediation work against me in court?


The information clients share with the mediator is kept confidential, with some very limited exceptions (similar to the exceptions that apply to therapists, lawyers and counsellors). Proposals put forward during mediation cannot be referred to in court proceedings. If you try to mediate but it doesn’t work, the court will never be told why the [...]

Can mediation work against me in court?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Why shouldn’t I just go to a solicitor?


Unlike going to court or arbitration, family mediation recognises that you are the experts about your own family and leaves the decision-making to you. Unlike negotiating through your lawyers, family mediation allows you to speak directly to each other so that you can both explain what you are feeling and what is most important to [...]

Why shouldn’t I just go to a solicitor?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Can mediators replace solicitors in divorces?


Our mediators are able to provide you with a great deal of legal information but they cannot advise either of you about your particular legal situation. Some of our family mediators might be qualified lawyers but in the mediation room that is not their job. Legal advisers have individual clients and are very clearly on the side [...]

Can mediators replace solicitors in divorces?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00
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