We hold a preliminary assessment meeting (MIAM) with each party, this will usually be held on Zoom but can be arranged face to face if you prefer. Once we have seen both clients, and assuming everyone still wishes to proceed to mediation, then a series of joint meetings will be arranged where you both attend at the same time to discuss the issues. Mediation meetings may be online or face to face and this will be discussed with you at the assessment meeting.
If there have been threats or incidents of domestic violence, then the mediator should be told of this at the initial meeting so that these can be discussed and a decision made as to to whether mediation is, in fact, appropriate.
If it appears it might be helpful or if your child has expressed a wish to be heard, we can make arrangements to see your child or children at a separate meeting to offer them a chance to express any views they have. This is now known as Child Inclusive Mediation but does not mean that the child will be part of the mediation meetings between the two of you.