Legal Aid Mediation | Salisbury Family Mediation
What is Mediation?



Mediation is the process where you and your spouse meet together with a qualified mediator to discuss the issues of your separation in confidence,for example:

where do the children live?
how often does contact take place with the other parent?
how will I get child support and maintenance?
will I have to sell the marital home?
how do we divide up capital or the home?
what happens to the pensions and other family assets?
what about my future income needs?

As mediation is voluntary you cannot be forced to attend a joint session but it is worth considering you will have an opportunity to:

discuss how you feel and what you want from the break-up
express your opinions calmly
talk over your differences and work out problems together
talk in a safe and neutral environment
find solutions that are fair and meet the needs of all members of the family

If you are upset and/or very angry then this may sound impossible, but it is surprising what can be achieved in a neutral environment with an impartial third party present.

It is the mediator’s role to create an environment in which you and your spouse feel comfortable. The mediator cannot:

take sides or give any kind of advice (including legal advice)
make decisions for you
encourage you or your spouse to do something you are not comfortable with

In Mediation there are no ‘winners’ or ‘losers’.

If you are scared of your partner the mediator can determine in the MIAMS whether it is safe to go ahead or whether mediation is unsuitable. There are safeguards which can be implemented ie mediation can take place with each party in separate rooms, but ultimately if it is not deemed safe it will not go ahead.