Involving other professionals in Mediation.

Specialist family mediator, Rachel Lemon raises awareness of Family Mediation Week (20 to 24 January 2020) by involving other professionals in the family mediation process in part 5 of her 5 part series.

As part of the mediation, sometimes it is helpful to have other professionals involved to further support and guide discussions. A good example of that is a pensions expert. Pensions are often a consideration on separation. It may be appropriate for pensions to be shared as part of an overall financial agreement. Pension experts are able to prepare a report as to how that is done. Where the parties are different ages, or where there are final salary funds involved, a pension report is usually necessary. The report is a tool the clients and I can use to enable discussions as to how pensions should be dealt with. The mediator should be able to provide the clients with some possible names and assist with the preparation of a joint letter of instruction. I have also arranged conference calls with experts or asked them to attend one of the mediation sessions if the clients agree that would be helpful.

The use of other professionals means the mediation process can deal with all elements of potential dispute which means the likelihood of reaching an overall agreement is increased. In my experience, other professionals such as pensions experts and tax advisors welcome the mediation process and are happy to be involved and support clients in their goal to deal with financial matters in a constructive way.

Other professionals may also be invited to support clients with their discussions about the children. For instance, an independent social worker may be asked to prepare a report if that would assist the clients in moving their discussions about the children forward.  

If you require information about the process of mediation, contact Rachel Lemon on 01932 590 612 or at rachel.lemon@mundays.co.uk

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