Mediation is an alternative means by which the two parties can try and resolve issues.
These may be issues regarding contact arrangements for the children, or alternatively financial matters as part of divorce proceedings or following separation.
The parties will sit down with the assistance of a Mediator who is an independent third party with a view to discussing matters to see if an agreement can be reached.
Mediation is seen as an amicable means by which to try and resolve matters and can be much more cost effective than issuing Court proceedings. The Court will always wish to encourage parties to try Mediation before Court proceedings are issued.
The advantage of Mediation is that the parties are not bound by anything they have discussed at Mediation if the negotiations break down and subsequent court proceedings are issued. If an agreement can be reached however, that agreement can be sent to their legal representatives and drawn up in a binding agreement/Court Order.