First, you will each meet your mediator separately for a 45 minute meeting, to brief them on relevant aspects of your situation and to see if mediation would be suitable. These meetings are known as mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMS), and can usually be arranged within 5 working days.
You will then meet the mediator/s together for sessions of 90 minutes. The number of sessions you might need depends on the complexity of your case. After each meeting you will receive an outcome summary with details of agreements reached, options considered and items outstanding. When you reach a final agreement we prepare a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is used by a solicitor to draw up a consent order. When approved by a District Judge, this is legally binding.