Family mediation helps if your relationship has broken down and you need to sort out practical issues such as:
- Arrangements for children – where they are going to live and when you’ll see them
- Child maintenance payments
- Sharing finances (e.g. house, savings, pension)
- Dealing with any debts.
What are the benefits?
- gives you more say about what happens. In court a judge will make the decisions. With mediation you and the other party make the decisions.
- is less stressful, with less conflict between you and your partner. If you have children it is less upsetting for them. It can help find ways for everyone involved to get on better in the future.
- improves communication and helps you sort out your future.
- agreements can be reviewed and changed if you both agree – e.g. if your situation changes, and as your children get older and have different needs.
- is easier on your children when parents co-operate and helps them continue important family relationships.
- is quicker, cheaper and provides a better way to sort out disagreements than long drawn-out court battles – helping you to get on with the rest of your life as quickly as possible.
Who do we help?
- Couples, with or without children.
- Married or unmarried, same sex couples, whether or not in a civil partnership.
- Members of the extended family e.g. grandparents for example, may be finding it difficult to see their grandchildren.
- People who are finding it hard to talk to their ex-partner directly about their children or financial matters.
Who are our mediators?
Our mediators are professionally trained in family mediation and conflict resolution. All are affiliated to the National Family Mediation Service (NFM).
NFM is one of the founding members of the Family Mediation Council. The Council regulates standards of practice in family mediation.