Family Mediation

Take five guide - What is family mediation?  

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1. What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. The trained mediator facilitates communication and negotiation, aiming to achieve mutually acceptable resolutions for the parties involved.

2. Who can be a mediator and where can I find one?

You should choose a mediator who is qualified, regulated, and has undergone the necessary training and practice to become a mediator. A good starting point is to look for a mediator registered with the Family Mediation Council.

3. Is mediation a better route than going to court?

Mediation is often a more suitable alternative to court proceedings for many couples, offering a quicker, more-cost effective, and less stressful resolution. It empowers couples to maintain control over decisions regarding finances and child arrangements, with a success rate exceeding 70%.

4. How does mediation actually work?

The mediator brings the couple together to help identify areas of disagreement and guide them toward agreement. Remaining neutral, the mediator does not take sides, and although the mediator can provide legal information, they do not offer specific legal advice. Couples are encouraged to seek legal advice at any point during the mediation process.

5. Preparation is key

It is more important to come to mediation with an open mind to explore all options. You will have the opportunity to firstly attend a confidential Mediation and Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM), where you can discuss your situation and understand how mediation works. If both partners agree to proceed after the MIAM, the mediator will schedule the first session.


Would you like to know more?

Thrings’ Family Lawyers are experienced in all areas of the law that are close to home and support individuals and couples with sound tailored advice to successfully navigate divorces and separations.

Please contact Sally Pike from the Thrings Family team for more information.


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