Family Mediation

Family Law Mediation - Pre-application Protocol

A pre-application protocol for family mediation and information and assessment meetings was introduced on the 6th April 2011.

This means that in most cases before an application can be issued you will be expected to attend an initial mediation assessment to consider with a mediator whether the dispute is capable of being resolved through mediation.  There are however certain exceptions.

The Court will also expect the Respondent to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, if invited to do so.  If Court proceedings are then taken, the Court will wish to know at the first hearing whether mediation has been considered by the parties.   The court will take into account any failure to comply with the protocol and may refer the parties to a meeting with a mediator before the proceedings continue further.  This is likely to result in delay and additional costs if the Judge adjourns the first hearing for mediation.

The protocol relates to children and financial proceedings.

Mediation is a process that can be used to resolve disputes that arise, before, during or after the breakdown of a family relationship.  A mediator is an independent and impartial third party who facilitates discussions between the parties to try and work towards an agreement.

For further information, please contact our Family Law Team.

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