You may wish to consider mediation. One advantage in reaching an agreement through Mediation is that it is less expensive than becoming involved in Court proceedings.
Another advantage of reaching agreement through Mediation is that such agreements usually last and you are likely to have a less acrimonious relationship.
Mediation focuses on the decisions which you need to make about your future but also takes into account the emotional sides of your separation. If you would like to have counselling or some other assistance, the Mediator will be able to recommend services to you.
You should keep in touch with your Solicitors during the mediation process as we can offer invaluable legal advice between each mediation meeting. At the end of the final mediation session, if an agreement has been reached, the Mediator will prepare a written document known as a Memorandum of Understanding, which will be a record of the agreement reached. The Memorandum of Understanding is not a legally binding agreement and it is essential that you provide your Solicitors with a copy so that we can, if appropriate, obtain a Court Order or written contract.
Contact our Family Department for further details.