All Issues Mediation, or AIM, is mediation which deals with any aspect of the breakdown of a relationship including making plans for the children, deciding where family members are going to live, sharing belongings, savings and properties, and making sure that each member of the family is provided for. Mediators are trained to help couples make lasting arrangements dealing with these matters.
AIM is suitable for any separating or divorcing couple, whether they have children or not. It is a stage by stage process. At the introductory session AIM is explained in more detail. You will be given a written Agreement to Mediate to sign and a number of Financial Information sheets to fill in and confirm the information by providing supporting paperwork. Once we have the full picture we invite your suggestions about how each aspect could be sorted out and help you to examine every option to see if it is suitable. When you have decided upon the most suitable option we prepare a Memorandum of Understanding recording what has been agreed. At each stage we make sure that everyone in the mediation understands the information provided and that anything unfamiliar is fully explained.
As a rough guide you should expect three to four sessions of approximately 1.5 hours each.
We recommend that you instruct a solicitor if you feel that you need independent advice during mediation. You will also need a solicitor to advise on the financial arrangements you make and to make these arrangements legally binding.
The Memorandum of Understanding is not legally binding. This is to make sure that you feel free to make any arrangements you choose and to give you the chance to get independent legal advice about your preferred option before you are legally bound by it.