Mediation works best when you both want to find a solution, but are struggling to agree because you have very different views. It’s often cheaper and quicker than negotiating through a solicitor or going to court. But it’s not usually suitable if you’ve experienced domestic, emotional or financial abuse.
No one can be forced to go to mediation. But if you end up in court, you usually have to show that you had at least 1 mediation session. This isn’t always the case – when there’s been domestic abuse, for example.
A mediator will not give you legal advice, but they’ll tell you if they think you need it. They should also be able to give you information about local family solicitors and how to choose one.