Once you have reached an agreement which you both find acceptable, the mediator will prepare a summary of the agreement, together with a summary of any financial information if applicable. A copy will be sent to each of you to discuss with your Family Solicitors.
Once both parties have received legal advice and assuming you are both still happy with the proposals, the summary prepared by mediation will be drafted as a legally binding document and approved by the court. This is merely a ‘rubber stamping’ exercise and in the majority of circumstances, neither party will be required to attend court.
When the Family Solicitors have drawn up the agreement, known as a “consent order”, this will be signed by all parties and sealed by the court. This will ensure that the agreement is legally binding and can be enforced by the court, should either party breach the agreement.
If you need help regarding a family dispute, please contact our Family Solicitor, Stacey Phoenix, for a free no-obligation appointment or discussion via telephone.