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Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution which aids couples, who have decided to separate, to resolve any disputes they may have in relation to custody and access to children, payment of maintenance and lump sums, the occupation and ownership of property, etc. This can be a speedy and cost effective method in reaching a successful conclusion whereby both parties can agree the terms of the agreement.
A mediator does not give legal advice and it is thus important to obtain such legal and financial advice before attending mediation so that an informed decision can be made.
Furthermore, a mediated agreement is not legally binding and it is important that a legal separation agreement, based on the mediated agreement be executed.