The mediator’s role will be to help you to identify what the issues are, then help you towards finding solutions through face-to-face discussions. You will meet in a neutral and safe environment and your discussions will progress at a pace that you are comfortable with.
The offers that are exchanged in the mediation process are “without prejudice”. This means that they are private and cannot be reported to the court. The intention is to encourage openness and a willingness to negotiate. Once an understanding has been reached that could be confirmed as a final agreement, whether it relates to finances or children, the mediator will then help to draw up a formal agreement. They will work with your solicitors by informing them of the outcome of the discussions.