Despite the fact that mediation itself is not legally binding, the court can enforce the agreement reached during mediation and can even turn it into a consent order.
After completing this step, the order will be legally binding on all parties.
Is family mediation necessary?
When parties cannot achieve an agreement, the courts will, if possible, choose mediation as a final alternative.
With the exception of certain instances, such as domestic abuse, both parties of a relationship are required to engage in a Mediation Info Assessment Satisfactory (MIAM) before they may be informed about mediation treatment.
If you choose not to proceed with mediation, the mediator will issue an MIAM certification to confirm that you have given the arbitration procedure the necessary attention. You will acquire this certification if you choose not to continue with mediation.
You will next have the opportunity to hear the court’s explanation of your case.
If you are experiencing a divorce or separation and would like to speak with a qualified family mediator, please call 03300 101 352 or submit an online enquiry.
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