Mediation is a way of sorting out the issues when you separate. A mediator is a neutral, independent person who will help you identify and resolve any issues. They will try to make sure that your discussions with your spouse are constructive and that each of you is able to have your say. A mediator cannot give you any legal advice so it is important that you take advice from your own solicitor before and during mediation. Once you have reached an agreement, the mediator will draw up a “Memorandum of Understanding”, setting out the agreement proposed. You can then take that to your solicitor, who can draw up and advise you on the legal paperwork required to get the agreement ratified by a court so that it is binding.