Since April 2014, the law has changed to enforce a requirement for couples to seek mediation before applying to the court. This means that if you are in dispute with your partner over a financial or custody matter in your separation you have to prove to the court that you have tried mediation as a first resort.
Couples are therefore now required to attend a MIAM - a mediation information and assessment meeting - to explore options. At this meeting, you discuss with a mediator the way that mediation works and how it can help you with your settlement. You will look together at your potential options and the cost of mediation. You may be entitled to benefit from Legal Aid and a free mediation service depending on your circumstances.
When divorcing or separating then Barclay Devere Basingstoke can help with children and financial issues for couples in Basingstoke and Reading.