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What is an agreement to mediate?


At the very beginning of the actual mediation, the mediator will ask you both to sign an agreement to mediate, after checking with both of you that you understand what it says and that you both know how mediation works. The agreement to mediate is a standard document, used by all qualified family mediators, and [...]

What is an agreement to mediate?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

Can we mediate differently?


Our mediators use a combination of the different kinds of mediation, such as co-mediation or shuttle mediation. Our mediators are trained to tailor the process to the specific needs of your family, so don’t be surprised if the process your mediator uses looks a little different to those you have read about elsewhere. Family mediation [...]

Can we mediate differently?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

What is shuttle mediation?


Shuttle mediation is where we use two rooms at the same location. You and your former partner each stay in your own separate room, and the mediator or mediators ‘shuttle’ between you. There is no face to face communication between you, so it can be a good way to help clients negotiate safely. However, you [...]

What is shuttle mediation?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

What is co-mediation?


Co-mediation is very common and involves you meeting with two qualified mediators together in one room, and all four of you talking through the issues and the possible solutions together. Novo mediators are all trained to co-mediate. Your mediator will suggest co-mediation when they think it will be especially useful to have one mediator for each of you. [...]

What is co-mediation?2017-02-22T17:06:29+00:00

Does the mediator decide for us?


The mediator doesn’t make any decisions; you yourselves work out what proposals you both think you would like to take forward. The proposals agreed through mediation will only become legally binding if you ask your lawyers to create a legally binding agreement.

Does the mediator decide for us?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Are mediators impartial?


Either of you can stop the mediation process at any time; mediation will only go ahead if both of you want it to. Mediators are impartial. The mediator does not take sides and is always there for both of you. Mediators don’t give advice, although they do give information about legal principles and explain some [...]

Are mediators impartial?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Is mediation confidential?


The information clients share with the mediator is kept confidential, with some very limited exceptions (similar to the exceptions that apply to lawyers, therapists 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 [...]

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

Can my former partner bully me into agreeing?


Your mediator will make sure that each of you has an opportunity to explain what you think and feel and that each of you has the opportunity to consider all the important factors before you decide what you want to do. If your mediator believes that one or both of you should have more time to consider [...]

Can my former partner bully me into agreeing?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00

Do I have to be in the same room as my former partner?


Many people find talking to their partner about what should happen after a separation or divorce very stressful and upsetting. Family mediation can give you a safe place to resolve your differences at your own pace. Family mediators are specially trained to look out for any domestic abuse issues that may affect your family, and [...]

Do I have to be in the same room as my former partner?2017-02-22T17:06:32+00:00
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