If you choose not to attend the initial mediation appointment, we will be unable to help you. We cannot proceed with the mediation process with only one participant.
Your ex-partner will then have to pursue the matter through the traditional legal route to try to resolve the issues that exist between you. This means that you are forced into legal proceedings if they issues proceedings against you. You may also be forced into court proceedings, if the matter is taken to Court.
You may find that both of you, have already paid costly legal fees by the time you reach Court, only to then be asked to reconsider mediation. This can place an added pressure on you as you will have become entrenched in your position. In the circumstance you may wish to consider attending mediation first!
If at any time in the future you wish to reconsider mediation as an option for resolving the issues between you, please feel free to contact us. To embark on mediation in the future however, you will both need to agree to attend mediation.
The mediation process is now encouraged by the Courts and in many cases, the Courts are now referring clients to mediation once the matter reaches Court.
By attending an initial mediation meeting, you can find out how mediation works, the options you have for resolving your issues and the benefits of proceeding through the mediation process. You can then make an informed choice as to whether or not you wish to proceed via mediation or the traditional legal route.
If you wish to apply for Legal Aid, you will need to see a Mediator first. Legal Aid is no longer available through Solicitors for family related matters (except for some specific exceptions). Legal Aid is however available when you proceed with mediation.