Mediation is quicker and better than going to Court for child cases

The Court and Mediation Timetables for children cases Compared

How long does the Court take to decide cases about children?

We regularly deal with mediation cases where contact and communications have broken down. Parents can be skeptical about whether mediation might work and worry that it might be a waste of time. Typical thoughts can be;

“How long does mediation take?”

“If I mediate, will I be wasting months of time? surely its quicker just to go to Court “

“If I go to mediation, the my former partner will just string things along and I will get nowhere” 

“We cannot talk about things at all, I don’t believe mediation will work”

“I cannot trust my former partner to try and find an agreement or to stick to it”

 But Mediation can and does work, and it can provide better and more durable solutions than going to Court. The solutions can be achieved much quicker than a full Court process.

 

Cases about Children

 

We have prepared a table to help you compare the approximate Court timetable and a timetable for family mediation.

Week  number

Court

Mediation

1

MIAMS Meeting

MIAM Meeting

2

Application prepared and sent to Court

Safety checks to ensure mediation suitable.

3

CAFCASS make safeguarding checks

Mediation Session 1

4

Couple take first steps. Initial arrangements.

5

6

First Directions Appointment

7

Cafcass Report being prepared (typically 12 weeks)

Mediation Session 2

8

Building on initial arrangements. Arrangements progress as trust and communications improve.

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

Mediation Session 3

16

Further progress and progression. Return for session 4 if needed, but often unnecessary.

17

18

CAFCASS Welfare Report Filed

19

20

Second Directions Hearing

21

22

23

Statements of Evidence exchanged

24

25

26

Court Hearing date (decision made)

Mediation Session 4 (if needed)

Points to note about the timelines

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