Separating couples often have disagreements over children, property and money
What are the benefits of mediation, compared to going to court?
There are a range of options available to separating couples who are trying to reach an agreement on finances and children. The four main options are: informal discussions between the parties, formal negotiation via solicitors, using a mediation service or going to court. Informal discussions can work well for simple cases where the parties are on very good terms. However, where there are substantive disagreements couples often find themselves using expensive solicitors and going through a lengthy court process. For many of these couples, mediation is a much better solution for the following reasons:
Using mediation is generally much quicker than the court process
A contested court case may take 6 to 12 months verses 2 to 3 months for mediation.
Mediation is far less costly on average than contested court cases
Mediation costs a few hundred pounds verses several thousands of pounds for court
Mediation puts the couple in control of the shaping the agreement
A court can sometimes impose a decision which does not suit either party.
Avoids further damaging your relationship with your ex and your children.
Lengthy and acrimonious court battles can increase the resentment between couples
More flexible and personalised agreements can be reached
You can explore many different options in mediation, unlike inflexible court outcomes
Sessions of mediation can be arranged at a time and place to suit you
Unlike contested court hearing dates which may clash with work or holidays.
Couples have more 'Buy-in' to agreements reached through mediation
Some people continue to fight and challenge an 'unfair' agreement imposed by the court..
Mediated agreements can be made legally binding without attending court
Agreements reached in mediation can be made into a legally binding Consent Order.