What is Family Mediation?

 

  • Supporting families reach decisions about what should happen after separation or divorce
  • Giving couples a safe place to resolve their differences at their own pace
  • Mediation is an alternative to the more traditional legal approach of going to court and instructing solicitors
  • It gives couples the opportunity to speak directly to each other and explain their concerns and needs in the presence of a professional impartial mediator
  • It acknowledges parents are the experts about what is best for their children
  • The decisions made are by the family and not to an outsider

Family mediation has 4 principles:

  • It is voluntary – courts expect families to attempt mediation before litigation begins but no-one can be forced to mediate
  • It is confidential (with some very limited exceptions) 
  • The mediator is impartial – mediators do not take sides. They also do not give legal advice but provide information.
  • The clients are in charge of their own destiny – mediators are there to facilitate, supporting couples reaching their own agreement. Any agreement reached only becomes legally binding once it has been made into a Consent Order by solicitors and stamped by the court.