Is it too difficult for you to come in during office hours for a MIAM appointment? Would you prefer not to sit in the same room as your ex for mediation? Generally, family mediation is likely to be most effective when people speak face to face and in person.
However, the Family Mediation Council has (from Sept 2016) authorised the use of Skype mediation "when people cannot or decide not to come together in the same place to mediate".
"Sorry, we can't do that; sorry, you have to do it our way." How often do you hear this from sellers who are caught up with what they offer...rather than looking at what the prospective client really wants?
We often get calls from enquirers on low or modest incomes who say they are unable to afford a MIAM appointment - even if means they might be eligible for legal aid and a refund of the fee paid. They need an appointment, can't afford it, but because they are working aren't eligible for one of our 'legal aid pending' appointments.
Do I have to use a solicitor in mediation? Will I need pensions advice? Where can I get the best expertise to help us sort out our finances?
These are the questions clients often ask. Many clients feel they only want one expert to deal with everything. While we are experts in mediation there are many instances where it is in your best interest to seek other expertise, be it from a solicitor or a pensions adviser.