Mediation – Initial Meeting.

Specialist family mediator, Rachel Lemon raises awareness of Family Mediation Week (20 to 24 January 2020) by giving us more information about the first meeting with a mediator in part 2 of her 5 part series.

Most mediators will see each person separately before starting the joint sessions. As I touched on in part 1 of this series, that is my standard practice.

The one to one meeting is worthwhile for each client and me as their mediator. It is a useful session for information gathering and signposting to resources that may be needed. Often clients are experiencing a range of strong emotions when they go through relationship breakdown and those emotions can be at their most raw early on. The first meeting can be a good time to explore those feelings in order to assess whether the client feels they are ready to begin mediation, whether they feel able to engage in that process, and whether other professional input/support may prove helpful (lawyers, counsellors, GP for example).

Information provided early in the process can enable clients to make an informed decision about whether the mediation process is for them, at that time. The one to one meeting is also crucial for me as a mediator. Not only is there the opportunity to hear about the issues but how those are described, the emotions that come with that narrative and what worries the client has are all helpful insights into how the mediation may need to be conducted and what unique elements exist for that family, that mediation and that person. Each mediation is entirely unique as we and our families all are.

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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