I have been a victim of domestic abuse – can I still use mediation to help me sort out my divorce and stay out of court?

Before we take any couple into joint mediation meetings, we first have a private and confidential meeting with each person.

The private and confidential meeting is called a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). This provides an opportunity for people to ask any questions they have about the mediation process so that they can decide whether they think it is a process that they will be comfortable in and the right one for them. Mediation is a voluntary process.

During our MIAM meetings we are also assessing whether we think mediation is the right process to take a couple into. It is really important that no one feels pressured into doing mediation and that we feel it is a safe environment for everyone involved.

We do offer online mediation which can help people who have been the victim of domestic abuse feel more comfortable entering the mediation process. We are also often told by people that if they can do online mediation they really want to try it because they feel that, for them, it is a better option than facing their ex-spouse/partner in a court room.

We are also able to provide something called “Hybrid Mediation” so that people don’t even need to worry about attending online meetings on their own, their lawyer can attend the online meetings with them. There is information about this option on our website and we are always happy to have a free call with anyone who is considering all the options available to them to try and reach an agreement, keep the costs down and stay out of court.

If you would like to know more about how mediation might be able to help you call us on 0800 206 2258 or email us at hello@familymandm.co.uk. You can also go on our website and use out online booking system to book a free call with us at a time that best suits you – www.familymediationandmentoring.co.uk.

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