In April 2022, a new law was (finally!) passed in the UK, which meant that couples could legally separate via a no-fault divorce.
This set to remove the blame element of traditional divorces and allow those who had simply grown apart to separate amicably. However, many people were surprised to learn that, even with a no-fault divorce in the UK, they would still be advised to attend mediation, especially if there were children and assets involved in the separation.
When you seek a divorce and need help, you should consult with our divorce solicitors in Weybridge. We at Prentice Family Law have overseen successful divorces for decades, and our team is trained and able to provide advice and support regarding no-fault divorces too.
But when you opt for divorce, what should you expect from the mediation process? Our divorce solicitors in Weybridge answer that question below.
According to our divorce solicitors in Weybridge, the first step is an assessment.
During this, the mediator (who may be a member of our team) meets with each party individually to assess their needs and whether mediation is a suitable option. If both parties agree to proceed with mediation, they will typically attend a series of sessions with the mediator to work through the issues and come to an agreement. If there is no chance of mediation being successful due to the reason surrounding the divorce, then a different approach will be needed.
Talks about assets
Of course, a key area that will be focused on during the mediation is the division of assets that you may have shared with your spouse when you were married. This can include the division of assets (such as the family home, savings, and investments), as well as ongoing financial support (such as spousal or child support).
This is a more emotive area, and our team will aim to ensure that the interests of your children are met. You and your former partner will need to agree on where the children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. You may also need to decide about schooling, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the children’s upbringing. But we know how to guide these conversations effectively and will be happy to help you with this area of discussion.
The divorce process
Remember, divorce in the UK is a challenging area to navigate.
So, our team will utilise the mediation session to discuss with you and your former partner what the next stages are, how long you can expect them to take etc.
If you have any questions, it is advised that you ask them during this initial meeting.
It is worth noting that mediation is not compulsory to divorce in the UK, but in our team’s experience, it does help to speed the process up and can allow you and your partner to reach an amicable position, which is beneficial if you have children. So, call our team today for more information.