Family Mediation

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a process in which those involved in family relationship breakdown, change, or disputes appoint an impartial third person, a mediator, to assist them to communicate better with one another and reach their own agreed and informed decisions.

What is the mediator's role?
  • To assist you in communicating with each other calmly and effectively.

  • To provide a safe and confidential forum in which to talk openly and to explore different options.

  • To help you focus on what is best for you and your family.

  • To facilitate you making your own decisions about the arrangements for the future.

  • To provide relevant information about mediation, divorce and the other processes available to you together with details of relevant support networks.

Who is mediation for?
  • Couples (including same sex couples and civil partners) who wish to separate or divorce.

  • Separating couples who need to make arrangements for children, finances or property.

  • Grandparents or other family members involved in family arrangements.

Why mediate?
  • Mediation can improve communication.

  • ​The focus in mediation is the right outcome for you and your family.

  • Mediation can improve relations between parents and secure better outcomes for children, both in the short and longer terms.

  • Mediation enables you to make informed decisions.

  • Mediators are trained in dealing with conflict and mediation provides a safe environment to discuss difficult issues.

  • The discussions in mediation are confidential, enabling you to explore different options openly and without strategic concerns.

  • Mediation is a cost effective alternative to litigation.

  • Mediation can be conducted as a stand alone process or alongside independent legal advice.

How long does mediation take?

Each mediation is different.  However, in general, mediation can take between one to six 90 minute sessions depending on whether the issues relate to children, finances or both.​

Are mediated agreements binding?

Any decisions arrived at in mediation will not be turned into a binding agreement until you have each had the opportunity to seek advice on them from your solicitors.

 

A detailed outline of mutually acceptable proposals will be prepared by the mediator.  This document, together with a summary of any financial disclosure made during mediation, forms the basis on which your respective solicitors will draw up a legally binding agreement.