Our Amy Trevellick continues her series discussing mediation.
Mediation and Dealing with Finances
I don’t trust my ex to be honest about their income / finances – is it worth me attending mediation?
When discussing financial arrangements at mediation, almost all mediators will require an exchange of financial information before any substantive discussions start. This is often done on the same form that is used in court proceedings (a Form E Financial Statement) so the level of information available to you in mediation is the same as it would be in court. This can be a cost effective way of exchanging information as it is often cheaper than using a solicitor to prepare the forms. Even if you do not reach an agreement with your ex at mediation, you can take the financial information to a solicitor to advise you on the next steps.
Mediation relies on the parties being open and