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Following the introduction of the Family Proceedings Rules on 6th April 2011, before a person can make an application to the Court for an Order in relevant family proceedings, the Applicant (or the Applicant’s legal representative), should contact a Family Mediator to arrange for the Applicant to attend an information meeting about mediation. This means that you cannot make an application to the Court for an Order in relevant family proceedings unless you have attended this initial information meeting about family mediation. Kew Law will advise you with regard to mediation and consider with you whether a referral to mediation is appropriate.
In some circumstances, we do not need to make a referral to mediation if, for example, the order you wish to apply for is not considered to be “relevant family proceedings” or you will be exempt from mediation. Kew Law will guide you through the requirements and advise you accordingly.
If a referral to an initial mediation information and assessment meeting is necessary, the Applicant should attend. Kew Law will make the necessary referral and a mediator will contact you to arrange an initial appointment. If the parties are willing to attend together, the meeting can be conducted jointly; however, if necessary, separate meetings may be held.
The party will not be required to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting before an application to the Court if one of the following circumstances applies:-
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