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FAQ: Is mediation compulsory during divorce proceedings in the UK?

Posted on: 30 April 2018 by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

It is, unless you are able to claim an exemption. In order to proceed to court with your divorce, you must show proof in the absence of being able to claim an exemption that you have attempted mediation by attending an initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). If mediation has been deemed unnecessary for your circumstances, then proof of this will also be required before legal proceedings can move forward.

If you seek mediation but your partner does not consent, then you can still receive proof that you have tried to initiate mediation and that it has been unsuccessful.

Related: How can mediation help during divorce?

While mediation is legally required before a financial claim within a divorce case reaches the courts, or the start of a case involving children, you are still free to seek legal advice regarding the discussions that occur during mediation sessions. It is often helpful to do this, as it means you can still come to a mutually-beneficial agreement of your own accord, while ensuring you know exactly where you stand legally with regards to specific consequences of these agreements.

Goodwins Family Law can certainly aid with your mediation requirements. You can get in touch with us today to book an initial fixed fee consultation for a confidential discussion and we’ll be happy to help. We are located in Harrow, London, with on site car parking and accessible from public transport links.

Alternatively, if you are overseas we can arrange a Skype call with you if it is more convenient.

Goodwins Family Law Solicitors is a registered company in England. © Goodwins Family Law Solicitors 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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