Are agreements made in mediation legally binding?
Agreements made in mediation are not legally binding. However, agreements made voluntarily by both of you are more likely to last. You may also take a financial agreement to your solicitor to form the basis of a consent order, which is legally binding.

Where are the mediation meetings held?
Meetings are held at Millets Conference Centre. This is situated at Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Rd, Frilford OX13 5HB. By arrangement, meetings can also take place in Oxford.

What if my ex-partner won’t attend?
The mediation process is voluntary and so your partner cannot be forced to attend. However, they can be invited to an individual meeting so they can decide if they think it would be helpful.

What if I don’t agree with my ex-partner?
In mediation, agreements are only made if both of you willingly agree to them. You will not be forced to agree to anything you do not want to. The mediation process allows you both to voice your views and concerns and I work with you to find a solution that meets both of your needs.

Do I need a solicitor?
In mediation about your finances, you are making agreements that will impact the rest of your life. Therefore it is strongly recommended that you take legal advice. Mediators do not give advice.

How does mediation fit into the divorce process?
The divorce process may be started before or during the mediation process, but it is recommended to have reached agreement in mediation before applying for your decree absolute. There may be tax implications to transferring your assets after separating and early legal advice is important. Using a solicitor is recommended.

Is mediation always appropriate?
No, not always. You both have to be willing to mediate and it needs to be safe to do so. At your initial individual meeting we will decide together whether it is appropriate for your circumstances.

Can I mediate without meeting my ex-partner?
Technically yes, although you would need to be in the same building. In practice it tends to be much less effective and not recommended.

What happens if I think my ex-partner is not being honest about their assets?
Mediation gives you a good opportunity to ask questions about your ex-partner’s assets so that you are both happy that everything has been disclosed and correct. The information will go before a court in order to obtain a consent order and so each of you has a legal responsibility to ensure that the information is accurate.

Do I have to mediate?
No. Mediation is a voluntary process and no one can force you to mediate. However, the courts want to encourage people to mediate and so they have insisted that most people attend an introductory meeting before making an application to court. This introductory meeting (formally called a MIAM) is a confidential meeting held between the mediator and you.

How do I obtain court forms to apply to court?
The courts want to encourage people to mediate and so they have insisted that most people attend an introductory meeting before making an application to court. This introductory meeting (formally called a MIAM) is a confidential meeting held between the mediator and you.
Once you have attended this meeting, in person, the mediator can sign the relevant court forms to allow you to apply to court.

What are forms A and C100?
These are the forms a mediator may sign if you have been in for your introductory meeting and either you or the mediator has decided that mediation is not appropriate.

 

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