What are the differences with hybrid mediation?
Hybrid mediation involves one or many more of the following:-
- The mediator can bring other family professionals and experts into the process to help deal with complex and difficult situations such as accountants, valuers, independent financial advisers, psychiatrists, independent social workers.
- The mediator can bring in the parties’ lawyers to help advise and support in complex and difficult cases.
- Engaging in shuttle mediation where the mediator spends time with each party on their own enabling the opportunity of exploring issues and settlement proposals in greater detail.
What are the advantages of hybrid mediation?
- Hybrid mediation can be particularly effective when there are certain safeguarding issues and where one person does not feel comfortable being in the same room or same Zoom screen as the other.
- It enables each person to explore options with the mediator in great detail without feeling they have over-committed.
- It enables other professionals to use their skills, knowledge and solutions which makes the whole process better informed and more likely to achieve workable, fair settlements.
- Hybrid mediation can be undertaken before any court proceedings are considered, but also if a couple find themselves already in the court process but want to achieve a settlement outside, away from the stress, delays and costs of litigation.
What are hybrid mediators?
Hybrid mediators have undertaken specialist training with Resolution to enable them to utilize both family and civil mediation techniques and procedures. The training enables a hybrid mediator to be more flexible and innovative with the participants.
What type of cases are suitable for hybrid mediation?
Hybrid mediation can deal with issues between a separating couple relating to finance, children or, indeed, both. In relation to finances, issues such as the level of maintenance, how assets are distributed on separation, longer term support for the children and how pension assets are treated can all be dealt with within a hybrid mediation setting and often with the benefit of other expert input. In relation to children issues, hybrid mediation can help couples decide where the children will live and how much time they will spend with each of the parents, but also issues such as internal and international relocation or schooling.
Assessment for hybrid mediation
Both of the separating couples are seen separately by the hybrid mediator to assess whether or not hybrid mediation and, indeed, mediation is appropriate and will look very carefully at issues such as safeguarding. As part of the same assessment meeting, the individual separating couple will consider whether they think hybrid mediation is best for them.
How long does it take?
Mediations often involve three to five sessions and such sessions normally last one to two hours each. However, if sessions are properly prepared for and information and documentation is to hand then it can be possible to set aside a whole day for a mediation to take place, with a view to achieving a settlement at the end of that day.
How can I find a hybrid mediator?
Resolution maintains a list of mediators who have been trained in the hybrid model (see below).
As of 15th October 2021
If you think you should be included on this list, please contact us.