So why choose mediation instead of a court hearing? A court hearing could take a very long time, and cost you thousands of pounds. What’s more, the court system is adversarial: there is a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’, which may not be very helpful in divorce cases. Mediation, on the other hand, costs just £120 per hour, which is usually shared between the two parties. It is an informal process, and confidential. You will use the same mediator throughout the process, and you will decide what is discussed. You will also make your own agreement, rather than having one imposed by the courts. Finally, it does not require legal representation, although legal advice may be helpful.
How does it work? First, Surrey Mediation Service meet each of you individually, to discuss your issues and concerns. Then they plan for a joint mediation session. During this and other sessions, they will help you to work through the issues, and reach agreement on everything. Finally, they produce a memorandum of understanding, which can be made legally binding.
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