McKeag & Co Mediation

MediationWhat is Mediation?


Mediation is a process that can assist you in sorting out issues that have arisen regarding your relationship. You and your partner are assisted by a Mediator to discuss your issues in a constructive way so as to help you reach a consensus in relation to your problems.

Who is Mediation for?


Mediation is for anyone who has a family problem and who wishes to try and resolve this together with their partner with the assistance of an independent person.


Mediation can help you with issues such as


• what financial arrangements can be made before you get married – Pre Nuptial Agreements;
• what financial arrangements can be made during your marriage – Post Nuptial Agreements;
• how to bring your relationship to an end in a constructive manner;
• what arrangements can be made for sharing care of your children upon your separation or divorce;
• how to divide your assets and income in a fair way on your separation or divorce.


What is involved in Mediation?


Mediation involves a trained mediator who can assist you in considering what the relevant matters are that are needed to assist you with your particular issues. There is likely to be a series of meetings although matters can be resolved in one meeting if the issues can be dealt with fairly simply.

The relationship that each of you have with the Mediator is very different from the relationship that you would have with a solicitor or other legal advisor. The Mediator will have communication with you outside of the Mediation Room in a joint way, or if not possible, will provide exactly the same information to each of you separately. Such communication will usually be limited to arrangements for meetings including payment and providing documents to you.

Any issues that arise in between meetings can be notified to the Mediator so that they can be shared with the other person but any discussion about those issues can onlyl be dealt with at a joint meeting.

To avoid any problems arising communication by telephone outside of the Mediation Room is often with the Administrative Staff who are able to assist in arranging meetings and providing documentation on behalf of the Service.


Do I need a solicitor if I am going to Mediation?


You should seek legal advice in conjunction with Mediation, that is, before, during and after. If you reach an agreement in Mediation then the Mediator will usually draw up a document known as a Memorandum of Understanding. You would usually take this document to your solicitor for advice and, where appropriate, a formal and binding document is drawn up for you.


McKeag & Co Mediation is contracted with the Legal Aid Agency to provide Legal Aid Mediation Services.


Sue McArthur is the Family Partner at McKeag and Co and is a trained Family Mediator.

Sue can be contacted on 0191 213 4399 or

Family Mediation Week - 11 Essential Facts

Mediation Infographic courtesy of Mediator Academy.


For further information about mediation

Useful Documents  (Microsoft Word Format)

Agreement to Mediate
Mediation Information Form
Video on Mediation (You Tube)
Terms & Conditions of Business (MIAM)
Terms & Conditions of Business (Mediation)
Sorting out Finances on Divorce (PDF Format)